Article contributed by Danielle Fantasia, Sales & Marketing, for Motion Technology Inc.
There is nothing quite like a refreshing glass of your favorite wine combined with delicious food.
Whether it is a robust red, a crisp white or a bubbly rosé, we believe all wines can benefit from being paired with mouthwatering menu options. We also believe it is vital for winery owners and operators to have a solid plan when adding a foodservice program to their business. Everything from what food to serve, to the available kitchen space needs to be considered.
Deciding on your winery menu options should be at the forefront of your plan when adding a foodservice program. The items you offer should coincide with the overall experience or atmosphere you are trying to provide for your guests. If you are looking to establish more of a laidback-luxe vibe, appetizer options like Prosciutto & Fig Flatbreads or Strawberry & Brie Quesadillas might be just what you need. Or maybe you want to really WOW your winery patrons with some fancier fare. Salmon en Croute or Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin are sure to make jaws drop!
We could go on and on about food, but there is more to take into consideration. So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, MONEY! Now, more than ever, businesses need to be aware of their spending and make sure their earnings are going towards the proper investments.
Kitchen equipment can be expensive, but if you do your research, you will find there are affordable options. When it comes to commercial ovens and fryers the real bank breakers are the mandatory hoods or ventilation systems that come with them. These systems not only take up a large amount of space but can cost up to $30,000.00. That is not even including the regular service and maintenance they require. Ventless options like the AutoFry® or the MultiChef™ include built in air filtration systems and are great for wineries looking to avoid those crazy high costs of traditional open fryers and convection ovens. Like we always say, No Hoods? No Vents? No Problem!
Now, you may be wondering if you need to hire a qualified chef or cook at your winery to implement your foodservice program. The MultiChef and AutoFry are so simple to use they can be operated by any employee with little training required. With just the press of a few buttons, your winery will be serving up fantastic fare in no time!