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Small Bites = Big Profits!

As the calendar winds down, the season for holiday entertaining ramps up for restaurant and foodservice operators. Over the past year, we’ve seen an uptick in consumers opting to hire caterers for a variety of events including office celebrations, corporate fundraisers, parties, and family gatherings and other get-togethers. Operators are finding that a well-curated array of hors d’oevres and small bites can help keep guests merry while also boosting the bottom line.

A couple of challenges with hors d’oeuvres and an easy solution!

Typically, hors d’oeuvres production is very labor-intensive and time-consuming. Additionally, because of their small size, they can be consumed quickly at an event, putting additional pressure on the kitchen to keep up with the demand. We suggest supplementing a few high-quality prepared items to your spread of signature homemade hors d’oeuvres, and Sysco has a variety of crowd-pleasing options that are ready to heat and serve. Below are three of our holiday favorites.

A true classic, Sysco Imperial Mini Quiches (6985683) are made with an egg custard and cheese base, plus a variety of garden-fresh vegetables and seasonings all wrapped in a deliciously flaky crust. There’s no need to thaw before cooking – this product can go straight into the oven and bakes in minutes.

Sysco Imperial Spanakopita (6986178) are light and flaky filo dough triangles filled with a mixture of creamy cheese, spinach, onion, garlic, and spices. Simply remove product from the freezer and bake until pastry is a light golden brown.

An item with great versatility as an hors d’oevre, or even used in soups and entrees, Jade Mountain Chicken Potstickers (6838916) are a ready-to-eat option made with tender chicken and crunchy vegetables in a moist, tender noodle wrapper. The prep is quick for deep frying, pan frying, steaming, or microwaving, allowing food to get to guests faster.

Help your customer make sweet memories at their next holiday event!

As a complement to small bites to begin the celebration, no party is complete without a sweet treat at the end! Made with Sysco Imperial Semi-sweet baking chips (SUPC 5335732), Chocolate Brownie Truffles are quick and easy to make. Top with your decoration of choice and they make the perfect festive bite-sized goodie. Click to the recipe here:

For a stunning centerpiece on a dessert table, our sophisticated Gingerbread Chocolate Layer Cake spiced with fresh ginger and topped with chocolate ganache is an impressive tower of luxe scratch-made cake layers and fillings that creates an impressive presentation.  Use Sysco Classic Cocoa Powder (SUPC 7129533) for a rich, full flavor and bake one as the “star” of your table, then serve cupcakes topped with praline paste, chocolate praline mousse or chocolate ganache as individual portions. Click to the recipe here:

Whether you need easy options to get the party started, or great ideas to end the event with a decadent dessert, Sysco has the right product and the right solution.