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2024 Foodservice Holidays: A Year of Delicious Celebrations

Get ready for a mouthwatering journey through the year 2024, as we explore the exciting world of foodservice holidays!

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From the cozy comfort of January’s oatmeal month to the vibrant fiesta of October’s pizza month, every month promises a unique and delicious theme to tantalize your taste buds.

Restaurant operators can transform the year into a delicious adventure by capitalizing on foodservice holidays. Here’s how.

Seasonal Delights

  • January: Cozy up with Veganuary-friendly bowls featuring roasted winter vegetables and quinoa, or offer a hearty stew special perfect for chilly days.
  • February: Show love with a limited-edition “Romeo & Juliet” pizza for Valentine’s Day, topped with strawberries and chocolate drizzle. For American Heart Month, promote grilled salmon with a quinoa-berry salad.
  • March: Embrace National Pi Day with a sweet blueberry or savory chicken pot pie special. During Peanut Butter Month, introduce a fun “PB&J Burger” with peanut butter mayo and bacon strips.
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Spring Fling

  • April: Celebrate Soft Pretzel Month with gourmet pretzel twists served with various dipping sauces. Hamburger Month can inspire a creative “Build Your Own Burger” bar with unique toppings.
  • May: Get grilling with a “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Platter” featuring tacos, fajitas, and guacamole. During Salad Month, offer refreshing seasonal salad combos like a “Strawberry Spinach Delight” with goat cheese and balsamic dressing.
  • June: Savor summer with a “BBQ Combo” featuring pulled pork, ribs, and collard greens. Ice Cream Month is the perfect time to introduce a new seasonal flavor like peach cobbler or watermelon sorbet.

Summer Sizzle

  • July: Celebrate Hot Dog Month with gourmet dogs like a Chicago-style or Korean-inspired kimchi dog. Watermelon Month can inspire refreshing drinks like watermelon margaritas or a watermelon and feta salad.
  • August: Get creative with Panini Month by offering unique fillings like grilled artichoke hearts and goat cheese, or a classic caprese. During Sandwich Month, introduce a limited-edition “BLT with Peach Chutney” for a summery twist.

Autumnal Bounty

  • September: Channel comfort food with a “Mushroom Mac & Cheese” special during Mushroom MonthPotato Month can inspire delicious sides like crispy sweet potato fries or creamy mashed potatoes with roasted garlic.
  • October: Indulge in Pasta Month with a prix fixe menu featuring different pasta dishes from around the world. Pizza Month is the perfect time to experiment with unique toppings like fig and prosciutto or a barbecue chicken pizza.
  • November: Offer a Thanksgiving-inspired “Stuffed Turkey Pot Pie” during Stuffing Month, or a warm apple cider with cinnamon donuts for Raisin Bread Month.
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Holiday Cheer

  • December: Deck the halls with festive “Peppermint Bark Brownies” during Cookie Month. Celebrate Dessert Month with a decadent molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream.

Remember, this is just a starting point! Foodservice holidays present endless opportunities for creativity and culinary exploration. So, get inspired, have fun, and let your delicious offerings reflect the festive spirit of each month!