Caterer’s calendar

At Bidfood we understand how important calendar events are to caterers. Big calendar events bring people together and when they’re together they’re going to want to eat! Take full advantage of these occasions and check out our latest caterer’s calendar events in this section and find help with menu ideas, maximising portion control, minimising waste and many more great tips to make the most of seasonal periods.

National Potato Day 19th August

Ah, the trusty potato! Peeled, boiled, fried, mashed or sautéed – the potato is incredibly versatile! A popular choice among customers, National Potato Day is the perfect opportunity to carb it up by creating a potato-themed menu bound to draw in the crowds. Kick off your menu by having a go at this Malaysian chicken curry & potato recipe or why not try this veggie twist on a British staple ‘To-fish’ and chips recipe. Keep things simple by offering up a selection of hearty jacket potatoes for the main course and include a variety of tasty filling options including beef chilli, pulled pork and Quorn mince – perfect for every type of customer!

 

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National Burger Day 23rd August

Burgers are big business in the UK foodservice market. We see at least one burger option on almost all menus in restaurants on the high street and customers just can’t get enough of them! Celebrate National Burger Day by diving in to our Build a Burger guide – jam packed with all of the ingredients you could possibly want in one place. Whether you want to create one burger option for your menu or a full menu of burgers, you can find everything you need here including the traditional Classic American, Vegetarian sloppy joe and tempting combos like The deep south meat & sweet burger.

 

For recipe ideas and inspiration take a look at our Farmstead pages and recipe section for even more fantastic burger recipes!

Notting Hill Carnival/Summer Bank Holiday 25th – 27th August

Over the summer bank holiday weekend Notting Hill Carnival has taken place on the streets of London since 1966 with a vibrant mix of dance, music and, most importantly, food! Get on board and tempt in all of that passing trade by rustling up your very own Notting Hill themed menu filled with popular favourites like jerk baby back ribs, chicken and lamb! Fancy shaking things up? Have a go at this Jerk chicken pizza or our hearty Three cheese mac with smoked rib of beef – both perfect for the Bank Holiday!

 

Check out our Farmstead pages to find out more about our range of wholesale meats including poultry, beef and pork.

National Cupcake Week 18th – 24th September

Who thought us Brits would need a whole week to celebrate cupcakes? Bang on-trend with no signs of slowing down – National Cupcake Week is the perfect opportunity to sweeten up your customers’ appetites with our range of fantastic creations. Whether you go mad for red velvet or simply crazy for chocolate – look no further than our online shop to tempt in the crowds with cupcakes from Greenhalghs, Dr Oetker and The Handmade Cake Company.

 

Be sure to follow @BidfoodUK on Twitter as well as @cupcakeweek for all of the latest news.

British Food Fortnight 22nd September – 7th October 

British Food Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to rustle up a show-stopping menu of all of those traditional British dishes. We’re thinking hearty pies, British roasts and mounds of seasonal veg to whet your customers’ appetites, and tempt in all of that passing trade. Why not create a British themed set-menu with our range of British-sourced Red Tractor certified Farmstead meats including everything from beef to chicken and fresh game. Looking for inspiration? Check out our recipes section which includes this deliciously rich Venison with a blackberry and apple sauce and fondant potatoes recipe.

World Vegetarian Day 1st October

With World Vegetarian Day soon approaching, now’s the time to start thinking about how you could incorporate more vegetarian options into your menu. Did you know that 31% of new menu items are vegetarian?* With an increased awareness about diet, and the health benefits of eating an increased number of vegetables, demand for vegetarian and vegan dishes is only going to rise over the next couple of years.

 

Try adding a few meat-free Monday ideas to your menu, hosting a veggie-themed quiz night, or even holding a recipe competition! For more inspiration or to find out what’s happening in your area, check out the World Vegetarian Day campaigns website or take a look at our fantastic range of vegetarian recipes here and our tempting range of vegetarian products on our online shop.

 

Looking for even more inspiration? Take a look at our brand new vegan cookbook filled with over 30 vegan recipes across a range of meal options!

 

*M&C’s Allegra Foodservice Report

National Curry Week 9-15th October 

Can you believe we’ve been celebrating Indian cuisine here in the UK for over 200 years?! Now, that’s a lot of poppadums! Launched in October 1998, National Curry Week is in its 20th year and provides the perfect occasion to get your customers’ taste buds sizzling! Known as one of the nation’s favourite cuisines, it’s easy to get yourself involved! Whether your customers go mad for a madras or simply bonkers for a bhuna, get those spices sizzling with a curry-themed menu for the week, offering a different dish every night.

 

Make life easier for yourself and cut down on waste by offering up our range of authentic own brand Indian meals including menu favourites like our Everyday Favourites Chicken Tikka Massala, Chicken Korma and Chicken Jalfrezi. Meat lovers aside, we’ve got you covered with our full range of vegetarian options including our Everyday Favourites Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Curry and our Vegetable Indian Selection.

 

Find out more about our National Curry Week options at our online shop.

Halloween 31st October

Halloween is the perfect time to offer up a selection of ghoulishly delicious party food, snacks and recipes. Why not get your spook on this Halloween by tempting in the crowds with a Halloween-inspired afternoon tea filled with a selection of devilishly delicious cakes, chocolates and themed tableware. Find out more about our full range of products over at our online shop.

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