With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s key for operators to start planning their menus, table settings, decorations, timings and promotions, ensuring the local community knows a celebration is being hosted nearby. We’ve pulled together our must-have top tips to prepare for the day, follow these and your Father’s Day covers will be a roaring success.
- Promotion – there are so many tools which surround us for just this. Post on your social media accounts, display posters in and around your establishment or create an eye catching emailer to send out to customers who have signed up to your database. However it’s important to remember that Father’s Day may be a sensitive time for some individuals, but a great way to tackle this is to send an ‘opt in, opt out’ email ahead of the day to ensure those who don’t want to, won’t receive any promotional material
- Value for Money – A set menu at a set price is a great way of getting customers through the door, offer two or three courses at a fixed cost so it’s easy for large groups when it comes to settling the bill. By creating a set menu you are also able to make the dishes listed really bespoke to the Father’s Day occasion, providing something different to your usual offering your regular customers may be used to, it is a special occasion after all
- Carvery – With Father’s Day falling on a Sunday, a roast dinner dish is often a popular and traditional choice. The occasion is often celebrated by families who will be looking for larger portions they can split and share. Provide an option where these groups can order a whole chicken to carve themselves, alongside big hot plates of sides including potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and vegetables. This means diners can take as little or as much as they want, particularly if there are children within the group who may want a much smaller portion than an adult. This style of dining brings the family group together and makes it a much more intimate experience which is ideal for the nature of the day
- Added Extras – The food served plays a large role in the overall experience of the day but it’s important to not forget other elements such as the setting and presentation of the table that also add to this. Consider including a selection of mini quiz games on each table to keep groups entertained between courses and activities such as colouring sheets are ideal for the younger children of the group. With Father’s Day all about family, why not encourage interaction by placing a designated amnesty box on the table where diners can place their phones or any other distracting devices
- Inspiration – To get you started with your food planning, we’ve included a delicious recipe below which is ideal for your Father’s Day menu. Our Bisto Roast Beef Sirloin with Tarragon & Port Gravy recipe uses sirloin cooked with garlic but there are a number of cuts which can be used for a carvery, from topside, through to rump and rib.
Bisto Roast Beef Sirloin with Tarragon & Port Gravy
For the Roast Beef:
- 5 Cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- 5 Sprigs of tarragon (finely chopped)
- 2g Ground black pepper
- 50ml Olive oil
- 3kg Sirloin of beef
- 5g Sea salt
For the Bisto Gravy:
- 1ltr Boiling water
- 75g Bisto Gluten Free Gravy Granules
- 1 Sprig of tarragon
- 50ml Port
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour 55 minutes
- Mix together the garlic, tarragon, pepper and olive oil and rub into the sirloin, leave marinating for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Place in a roasting tray, season with salt and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 190°C and continue cooking for a further 90 minutes (see cooking tips below).
- Remove from the oven and the roasting tray and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Retain the juices in the tray.
- For the gravy, skim the fat from the surface of the juices and discard, place the roasting tray on the stove on a high heat, add the boiling water, then whisk in the Bisto Gluten Free Gravy Granules until thick. Add the tarragon and port and allow to infuse, then pass the gravy through a sieve.
- Carve the beef into portions and serve with the Bisto Gluten Free Gravy as well as a selection of seasoned vegetables.
Hints & Tips
- After the initial 20 minutes of roasting, allow a 15 minute cooking time per 450g of sirloin for medium rare and a further 5 mins per 450g for medium. You can also place an oven probe in the centre of the meat and once it reaches a core temp of 48°C, remove from the oven. This will then continue cooking and be medium rare (take to 52°C for medium).
- Sulphites (within the port)