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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!

 

Food Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

 

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.

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Cedar Cove’s Thyme and Tide B&B

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The fictional Thyme and Tide Bed and Breakfast is featured in Cedar Cove, the #1 rated Prime time drama of 2013.  This television show airs at Saturdays at 8 pm EST on Hallmark Channel USA.  Season 2 premiered July 19 of 2014.

This program starring Andie MacDowell as “Judge Olivia Lockhart” is based on the Cedar Cove books written by bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Bruce Boxleitner & Barbara Niven co-star as “Bob & Peggy Beldon” the innkeepers of the Thyme and Tide B&B.

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Cedar Cove is a small town with endearing characters and a beautiful bed and breakfast.  When Peggy responded to Bob’s question about what was on the menu and detailed for Bob all that she was cooking for their guests, he lovingly spoke into her ear, “this is why you make is so hard for people to go home” as he hugged her. Bob and Peggy Beldon exemplify the many positive traits of innkeepers:

    • Warm, friendly, and showing hospitality
    • Attentive to the needs of their guests
    • Excellent cooks (Peggy grows her own spices)
    • Caretakers of the property (Bob is the handyman)

This popular television program will remind people that bed and breakfasts have the comforts of home and the amenities of hotels. If you are not watching Cedar Cove already, I highly recommend it. You can even have Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove books on your book shelves for your guests to read!

For those of you who have see this television show, what do you think of it?  I would love to read your comments!

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.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

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 they serve “by reservation only.”

 

 

Menu options can include:

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

Hours:

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

Events:

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

Some sell items such as:

  • 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 promoting them online? Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging is happy to help you with this.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Your Own Guidebook for Guests

You will have many visitors who are not familiar with your area. This means that guests would really appreciate your own guidebook for guests (which can be a three-ring binder or a basket full of various items) with the following information:

  • Articles featuring your bed and breakfast
  • Typical breakfast menu items you serve
  • Seasonal weather tips
  • Maps and directions to important places
  • Brochures from local attractions
  • Fliers about special events
  • Menus to recommended area restaurants
  • Contact information for area real estate agents
  • College/university campus maps
  • and more!

There is no limit to your creativity in putting together your own guidebook for guests. Your main objective is to provide a resource that they can easily find key information that will answer their questions.  The more pictures, the better! Remind them why they came to the area!