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What About Bed and Breakfast Tea Rooms?

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There are several bed and breakfast tea rooms in America.  Tea rooms can be open to the public or limited to their own bed and breakfast guests.  Tea rooms are great for small gatherings and often they serve brunch and lunch. Each tea room has their own hours or some serve “by reservation only.”

 

The Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room is located in Chincoteague, Virginia. Opened in 1995 by innkeepers Barbara and David Wiedenheft, The Tea Room offers afternoon tea three days a week to their guests (as well as to the public) to enjoy a taste of England. The first course is something savory like tea sandwiches or tea scones. Next, are the “world-famous” scones served with butter, jam, and cream. The third course is more sweet like a decadent chocolate truffle, butterscotch pecan tart, or pound cake with blueberries, strawberries, and cream. For hearty eaters, Barbara offers an additional jam tart, macaroon, or butter “biscuit” (cookie).

Your Menu Options Include:

  • Croissants
  • Quiche
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Scones
  • Soups
  • Sweets (like cookies and cakes)
  • Tea (bottomless usually costs extra)

Your Open Times:

  • Regular year round hours
  • Reservation only
  • Seasonal hours
  • Sunday brunch

Events You Can Host:

  • Baby shower
  • Birthday party
  • Bridal shower
  • Club meeting
  • Girls get together
  • Group meeting
  • Private parties

Items You Can Sell:

  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Tea
  • Tea cups
  • Tea pots

Marketing Opportunities:

  • Blog: great fresh content for your website
  • E-mail marketing: send out information to those on your e-mail list
  • Photos of your bed and breakfast, tea room, food, and guests (with their permission)
  • Social media: Facebook fan page, Pinterest pins, Twitter updates, etc.
  • Website: you can have one of your main headings labeled “Tea Room”

When thinking of ways to increase your business, if you do not already have a tea room, bed and breakfast tea rooms could be a great idea. For those who do have tea rooms, are you consistently promoting them online? Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging is happy to help you with this.

 

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Recipes You’ll Want to Add to Your Menu

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Looking to add to your menu? If you want some online recipe inspiration, consider going to these five bed and breakfast association websites which feature absolutely delicious innkeeper recipes. The recipes are not just breakfast either! It includes tasty recipes for appetizers, baked goods, dinner meals, and even desserts!

 

CABBI (California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns) Recipes

CABBI welcomes you to a taste of California with our collection of bed and breakfast and boutique inn recipes. Each recipe was carefully selected to tell the story of the inn from where it is served. Some recipes are house specialties, others are family traditions. Some dishes include locally-grown ingredients from an inn’s region, while other dishes are the reason guests return time and again. The bed and breakfast inn was born of sharing food with friends. We hope that you will enjoy these CABBI favorites with your friends and loved ones, as we do with ours.”

IBBA (Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association) Recipes

“A beautiful Bed and Breakfast Inn is not complete without the tastes and smells of homemade cooking. The Bed & Breakfast Inns of Indiana have opened up their secret recipe books and would like to share the meals and deserts that you enjoyed when you were their guest. These recipes represent some of the personal favorites of the innkeepers, and we are proud to bring them to you.”

NCBBI (North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns Association) Recipes

“Our innkeepers love to cook. Here are some of their favorite recipes – not just for breakfast!”

TBBIA (Bed and Breakfast Association of Tennessee) Recipes

“A beautiful Bed and Breakfast Inn is not complete without the tastes and smells of homemade cooking. The Bed & Breakfast Inns of Tennessee have opened up their secret recipe books and would like to share the meals and deserts that you enjoyed when you were their guest. These recipes represent some of the personal favorites of the innkeepers, and we are proud to bring them to you.”

WBBG (The Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild) Recipes

“Enjoy making these great breakfast recipes from experienced member innkeepers and chefs of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild.”

Many innkeepers share their recipes on their own websites and some even have their own cookbook. Foodies especially love to taste yummy new foods.

Bed and breakfast guests appreciate having a variety of foods available to them. Most innkeepers offer complimentary snacks and beverages. Some innkeepers offer extra food to their guests in packages or picnics. Of course, inns that host events most definitely will offer refreshments to their guests.

Half of “B&B” stands for breakfast so inns may be known for their delectable “signature dishes”! With that in mind, there are plenty of resources available (including these websites) for ideas and inspiration to add to your menu. Bon appetit!

 

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Breakfast Food Holidays

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Breakfast food holidays occur throughout the year.  One way to vary your menu and impress your bed and breakfast guests is to fix them food that is celebrated on certain food holidays!  For example, the first Friday in June is National Donut Day.

 

 

So what are just some of the amazing breakfast food holidays innkeepers can use?

  • January 20: National Cheese Lover’s Day
  • January 24: National Peanut Butter Day
  • January 30: National Croissant Day
  • February 16: National Almond Day
  • February 21: National Sticky Bun Day
  • February 23: National Banana Bread Day
  • March 1: National Fruit Compote Day
  • March 7: National Cereal Day
  • March 25: National Pecan Day
  • April 7: Coffee Cake Day
  • April 16: National Eggs Benedict Day
  • April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day
  • May 4: National Orange Juice Day
  • May 6: National Crepes Suzette Day
  • May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • June 2: National Donut Day
  • June 3: National Egg Day
  • June 18: National Cherry Tart Day
  • June 21: National Peaches and Cream Day
  • July 5: National Apple Turnover Day
  • July 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day
  • July 27: National Crème Brulee Day
  • August 8: National Zucchini Day
  • August 24: National Waffle Day
  • August 31: International Bacon Day
  • September 8: National Date Nut Day
  • September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day
  • September 26: National Pancake Day
  • October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • October 26: Pumpkin Day
  • October 29: National Oatmeal Day
  • November 14: National Guacamole Day
  • November 17: Homemade Bread Day
  • November 28: National French Toast Day
  • December 15: National Cupcake Day
  • December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
  • December 24: National Egg Nog Day

The cool thing about breakfast food holidays is that they correspond with the seasons of the year.  It makes sense National Egg Nog Day is in December!

Innkeepers and chefs, how do you come up with your menus each day?  Some of you get inspiration from (or have even created your own) cookbooks!  Others have tried and true family recipes.

I know a big emphasis (and rightly so) is placed on buying local farm fresh food.  Not only is it great that your food is prepared fresh in your kitchen, but that your bed and breakfast/restaurant supports your local community.

In addition to breakfast food holidays, if your bed and breakfast specializes in cooking a certain type of food, then by all means embrace that.  One deliciously distinctive type of cuisine is the Southwestern cooking cuisine.  Depending upon your bed and breakfast location and your family roots, your guests can enjoy a variety of delectable dishes authentic to your region and or ancestry.

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Healthy Breakfasts: Berries

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Healthy breakfasts: berries may be small in size, but blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries are big on taste as well as rich in three areas: antioxidants, fiber, and folate. Eating berries can help improve your health, wellness, and weight. Better yet, berries can be enjoyed all year long.

 

All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but nutrient-rich berries are some of the absolute best choices. There are powerful antioxidants found in berries, including Vitamin C, may help:

  • Prevent and manage arthritis
  • Slow age-related memory-loss
  • Decrease inflammation in joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
  • Make skin more radiant
  • Make hair more healthy

Berries also contain fiber and folate. Fiber aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease and age-related memory loss, and since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may also help avoid depression and improve one’s mood.

In addition to antioxidants, fiber, and folate, berries are “juicy foods,” which means they contain mostly water. Juicy foods are great for losing weight because they fill people up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories.

Remember, if fresh berries cannot be found, frozen (unsweetened) berries are a great substitute during the off-season months — and just as nutritious! Delicious serving ideas include:

  • Adding berries to a bowl of warm oatmeal during breakfast.
  • Putting berries on top of pancake batter as it cooks for berry delicious pancakes.
  • Drizzling chocolate to cover strawberries as a romantic snack for couples.
  • Stirring fresh raspberries into Greek yogurt to amplify its deliciousness.
  • Combining frozen berries with bananas and low-fat milk to make an afternoon smoothie for guests.

Offering berries to your guests is a healthy and delicious way to fuel their bodies. Guests love the taste of berries and innkeepers love their smiles and return visits!   Be sure to put pictures of your breakfasts on social media! People can “like” your posts on Facebook, “re-tweet” your tweets on Twitter, and pin your pictures on Pinterest!

 

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Vegetarian Bed and Breakfasts

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Vegetarian bed and breakfasts may decide to cater their breakfasts to vegetarians only or offer vegetarian breakfasts to their vegetarian guests.  A good rule of thumb is to ask for any dietary restrictions when you book your guests so there are no surprises in the morning! However, many people who like to eat meat can be just as happy being a guest at vegetarian bed and breakfasts.

 

Your nutritious breakfast menu could feature home cooked specialties prepared (with seasonally available) locally grown fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruit or fruit juice, home made bread such as rolls, muffins or scones.  Guests can select either fresh brewed coffee or tea. You may include specialty omelets, pancakes, or even top your oatmeal with blueberries.

On your website, state that your wholesome vegetarian breakfasts sustain your guests all morning long.  Promote your healthful vegetarian breakfasts in blog posts and on social media as well.  Your B&B will attract vegetarians who are looking for a breakfast that complements their dietary lifestyle.

 

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Bed and Breakfast Restaurants

 

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Many bed and breakfasts also have restaurants. These bed and breakfast restaurants may offer the following important and useful information about their restaurant on their website:

 

 

 

  • If open to the public or just to the guests staying there
  • Pictures of the restaurant, cuisine, beautiful views from restaurant
  • Pictures of guests dining (taken with permission)
  • Awards won, press page, celebrities visited
  • Information about the chefs (including their culinary training and cultural heritage)
  • Hours (may be subject to change)
  • Menu (may vary seasonally)
  • House specialties (could be based on chef’s expertise or location of restaurant)
  • Specials (could be fresh from their own garden or holiday related)
  • Wine list and/or microbrewery
  • Catering options possible
  • Local delivery options
  • Group dining and private party rooms
  • Weddings (may offer a customized menu)
  • Making reservations (especially for large groups or holidays)
  • Cooking classes offered
  • Cookbooks for sale
  • Ways to contact the restaurant

They may even feature written reviews from people who have dined there.  If your bed and breakfast does not have a restaurant, do you have the time and resources to add one? Bed and breakfast restaurants should consider having blog posts written about different events or restaurant specials or musical guests coming.  Continue to post new pictures to your website and blog throughout the seasons, as you add new menu items, and after you host various events such as weddings.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Bananas

 

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Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-packed power delivered by this high energy fruit. Your breakfasts will be extra healthy if you give your bed and breakfast guests bananas–in a fruit salad, smoothie, or banana muffins.

 

Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. Men who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium and cereal fiber, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke.

Build better bones by eating bananas? Yes, enjoying bananas frequently as part of your healthy way of eating can help improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium via several mechanisms.The potassium found in bananas may also help to promote bone health. Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

Since bananas are picked off the tree while they’re still green, it’s not unusual to see them this color in the store. Base your choice of bananas depending upon when you want to consume them. Bananas with more green coloration will take longer to ripen than those more yellow in hue and/or with brown spots.

Bananas should be firm, but not too hard, bright in appearance, and free from bruises or other injuries. Their stems and tips should be intact. The size of the banana does not affect its quality, so simply choose the size that best meets your needs.

While bananas look resilient, they’re actually very fragile and care should be taken in their storage. They should be left to ripen at room temperature and should not be subjected to overly hot or cold temperatures. Unripe bananas should not be placed in the refrigerator as this will interrupt the ripening process to such an extent that it will not be able to resume even if the bananas are returned to room temperature.

If you need to hasten the ripening process, you can place bananas in a paper bag or wrap them in newspaper, adding an apple to accelerate the process. Ripe bananas that will not be consumed for a few days can be placed in the refrigerator. While their peel may darken, the flesh will not be affected. For maximum flavor when consuming refrigerated bananas, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to come back to room temperature. For the most antioxidants, eat fully ripened fruit.

I highly recommend reading a related blog post called 35 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Busy People (Most Take Less Than Five Minutes To Prepare).  Helen Sanders is the Chief Editor of this blog called Health Ambition.  They believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives. I will end with a banana muffin recipe from AllRecipes.com:

 
Banana Muffins II
 
recipe image
Rated: rating
Submitted By: ABI_GODFREY
Photo By: Dianne
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 12
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 1/11/2014

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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Oats

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Bed and breakfast owners and innkeepers, do you ever feel like you cook the same dozen different breakfasts over and over?  From time to time, we are going to feature various healthy breakfast foods.  This blog post is about the health benefits of oats and then we will give you a link to a delicious recipe for a steaming bowl of freshly cooked apricot honey oatmeal.

  • Oats can lower high cholesterol levels (which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke)
  • Oats are high in fiber from its whole grains (which lowers the risk of cancer)
  • Oats can stabilize blood sugar (which is great for diabetics or to prevent Type II diabetes)
  • Oats have unique anti-oxidant compounds (that help prevent free radicals from damaging the good kind of cholesterol)
  • Oats can be a well-tolerated wheat alternative (for those with celiac disease)
  • Oats can be made into oatmeal, cookies, muffins, bread, granola, and more

The best place to store your oats in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place like your kitchen pantry. You can add nuts and fruits for even more flavor.  At the bottom is the link to the delicious oatmeal recipe we promised.  Note that you can substitute the apricots with any dried fruit you like. You can also use half milk and half water for creamier oatmeal.

By cooking new recipes, this makes your daily breakfast cooking time more fun. Plus it lets you enjoy the rave reviews from your guests!

Apricot Honey Oatmeal Recipe

 

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Breakfast Recipes

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Delicious breakfast recipes are the key to making a breakfast so tasty and memorable that your guests are sure to return! These websites are full of wonderful breakfast and brunch recipes you can make for your guests.

 

All Recipes.com

Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

BnBFinder.com

Bed and Breakfast Recipes

Better Homes & Gardens: Heart Healthy Living

Breakfast Recipes

Food Network

Breakfast: Recipes and Cooking

 

Be sure to find out before your guests arrive if they have any dietary restrictions or preferences. That way you have advance notice so you can accommodate your guests during breakfast. Innkeepers can attest to the various dietary needs that guests may have: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low cholesterol, diabetic friendly, etc.

Consider keeping track of the different food holidays. For example, on National Pancakes Day, you could offer your guests a variety of types of pancakes. You can take pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag representing that particular #FoodHoliday.

You may have a breakfast dish that your B&B is famous for, but there is always room to add another new recipe to the table.  That way you can “spice it up” a bit! Palate-pleasing breakfast recipes are the key to winning over the hearts (and tummies) of your bed and breakfast guests.

 

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Your Breakfast Menu

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Do your bed and breakfast guests give you feedback on your cooking?  It is important to pay attention to a comment if you have heard it many times.  If ten guests rave that you have awesome blueberry pancakes, then you must have awesome blueberry pancakes.  If there is something you make that does not normally get finished on people’s plates, that may mean that you are not preparing it in a way that most people like.

Variety is the key to “spicing” up life.  If you make the same breakfast menu over and over, you are bound to not enjoy cooking as much.  Try implementing some new recipes as well as adjusting recipes with great guest feedback.  For example, maybe you can offer strawberry pancakes next time you make pancakes.

If you would like feedback on your cooking, but do not want to make it awkward for you or your guests, then offer them an opportunity to provide you feedback on their stay by answering a short survey.  Some of the questions can focus on the food they had at your B&B.

  • What breakfast items were on your plate?
  • Which ones were your favorite?
  • Were there any items you disliked?
  • Do you have any suggestions for us?

This way guests have an opportunity to say something about your breakfast menu without feeling like they are judging you and your cooking. Most people like to give helpful feedback.  For any unkind comments, take them with a grain of salt!  You will likely receive some very useful advice for planning future breakfasts.

 

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