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Annette McMullen

Annette McMullen

Annette McMullen is a food service product development marketing professional. She has had the pleasure of working many of the leading tabletop industry professionals and developing tableware products that address today’s trends in culinary and interior design for chain restaurants, healthcare, college and university as well as casinos.

Recent Posts by Annette McMullen:

13 Creative Ways to Serve Entrée: Soup and Sandwich

Just like your menu, atmosphere, and customer service, how you plate your food directly reflects your brand. It is ancillary and sometimes a last-minute serving element of how your restaurant and food should be perceived by your customer. Below we will look at several ways to take the most simple offerings and how you can showcase them in ways to best represent your brand and message.

It may sound obvious, but the time-honored combo lunch is still a go-to for diners. Soup and sandwich combinations are a perfect solution for both the operator and the customer due to a fixed price. The soup & sandwich combo value promotion targets the lunch crowd, small eaters, or retirees.

Topics: Banquet Dining Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

17 Creative Ways to Serve Entrée: Burger and Fries

Burgers and fries are an All-American classic that never goes out of style or loses its appeal to the consumer. As burgers continue to get reinvented and revamped, it is important to make sure you are framing your culinary classics and highlighting your offerings in ways that match your vision and brand.

Topics: Banquet Dining Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware Drinkware Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

10 Creative Ways to Serve Appetizers: Appetizer Sampler Platter

The appetizer sampler platter. A must have on any menu. Unfortunately, somehow the mixing of three or more culinary creations leaves a less than visually appealing tabletop presentation. Below are 10 ways to not only highlight your offerings, but delight your guests at the same time. A win-win for everyone!

Topics: Banquet Dining Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

10 Creative Ways to Serve Appetizers: Calamari

 When it comes to plating your appetizers, there are numerous ways to achieve a look that will be both delighting to your guests, as well as highlight your offerings. In the past, calamari was an appetizer normally found at upscale seafood restaurants. However, this is no longer the case. From quick casual to fine dining, calamari is a crowd-pleaser. Below you will find several different and creative ways to make this appetizer your own. 

Topics: Plating Ideas Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

7 Creative Ways to Serve Appetizers: Chips and Salsa

When it comes to plating your appetizers, there are many different ways to achieve stylish eye-catching looks while delighting your guests and highlighting your most popular finger foods. This is true for the house favorite appetizer, chips and salsa. Your options for serving this staple menu appetizer are as plentiful as the different types of salsa available on the market today. From traditional plastic baskets to utilizing other tabletop solutions, we will show you, in the concepts below, how a small change can make a big difference in your presentation.

Topics: Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants