With so many high-quality options available, prepared foods are not just for fast-food chain menus anymore.
When members join a private club, they expect an exclusive experience. With this exclusive experience comes diverse and unique food options that might be challenging to find at other local dining establishments. A kitchen that uses prepared food products is something members might not be expecting as part of the menu. However, with so many high-quality products now available, prepared food products can lend themselves to just about any menu.
While useful in certain menus more than others, various products can be used in any style of cooking. When it comes to fine-dining, time-consuming items such as bases and sauces can be replaced with prepared options to save on labor while still maintaining quality. Although, probably the most common uses for prepared products on a menu are for a club’s casual dining room, poolside or snack bar menu, and banquets.
Some of the most useful prepared products for a kitchen include soups, sauces, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, pastries, desserts, breads, and even sous-vide portioned meats. When wanting to cut preparation time, reduce ticket times, or feed a large number of guests at once, prepared products are certainly more convenient and labor reducing. With a menu and environment where food needs to get out quickly such as a busy poolside, the idea is to develop a menu and its preparation list allows chefs to simply fire the items upon order while keeping additional prep at a minimum.
As a society that seems to always be on the go, members want dining options that are fast but also high-quality. By substituting some ingredients on any style of the menu with quality prepared products, chefs will be able to cut down on labor while still meeting the high expectations of members.