Best Game Night Specials

Best Game Night Specials

Limited time offers are great for market testing new products and invigorating your menu with fresh items. More importantly, limited time offers give you the opportunity to react to seasonality and special events, such as game nights. The winning combination for game night specials are: quick service, great deals for a big crowd and, above all, a delicious, expertly crafted product.

In our Switching to a Dough Manufacturer article, we talked about how using a dough manufacturer can significantly streamline the management of limited time offers and other benefits. In this article, we will focus on the integration of limited time offers with summer’s most awaited evenings: game nights. Below we outlined some of our favorite MiMi Foods game night specials. How will you put your spin on them?

  1. Panouzzo Sandwiches

Panouzzo – the Italian take on classic sandwich bread and the perfect way to kick up your sandwich game (no pun intended).

Why we love Panouzzo sandwiches for game night: they come in a variety of sizes to please a crowd.  Market them as appetizers or serve them on a large, Instagram-worthy bun like shown above. Turn the flavor up a notch by trying them with Garlic Spread.

MiMi Tip: Use your imagination to turn sandwich bread into an irresistible dessert item! Here’s our take on it: stuff the Panouzzo with Nutella, vanilla ice-cream and bananas!

MiMi’s Panouzzos: Sliders 2” x 2”, Burger 4” x 4”, Sandwich 4” x 6”, Hot Dog 3” x 6”, Long 5” x 18” and Garlic Spread 12” x 4”.

 

  1. Stuffed Focaccia

Stuffed Focaccia – an Italian classic with a savory twist, the MiMi Foods Focaccia comes in a great deal of assortments: Jalapeno and Cheddar, olives/ onions/ mozarella or Pomodoro sauce and Mozarella.

Why we love Stuffed Focaccia for game night: Stuffed Focaccia comes in a variety of flavors to delight any taste palate. What’s even better is that it’s filling, full of flavor and can be easily served on its own or as a side dish. Whether you are selling it in a grocery store or serving it in your restaurant, Stuffed Focaccia is easy to prepare: simply thaw it, bake it and serve it!

  1. Garlic Buns and Pizza Rolls

These versatile, quick and easy to use items just need to be thawed at room temperature, baked and served hot.

Why we love Garlic Buns and Pizza Rolls for game night: they require very little preparation and are ready in no time. Garlic Buns and Pizza Rolls are perfect for dipping and great for a large, hungry crowd.

If you enjoyed these game night specials ideas, we encourage you to try out new products and put your own spin on them.  Read more about menu diversification ideas in our blog Pizza for Millennials: Top 3 Dough Types for Menu Diversification where we talk about popular dough products and which current trends they fit with.

For custom dough products and recipe development, we are happy to work with you to create products for any special event of the year. To get a consultation, email artisticdough@mimifoods.ca or call 905-660-0010.

Pizza for Millennials Part 3: Top 3 Dough Types for Menu Diversification

Pizza for Millennials Part 3

MiMi’s Pizza for Millennials is an 8 part blog series. We will be discussing the hottest trends dictated by the rapidly growing market segment that shook up the entire pizza industry: the millennials.

In this article, we will discuss 3 dough types that the Grocery and Foodservice industries should consider when planning a new addition to the menu.  Our top 3 addresses the gourmet, healthy eating and fast casual trends.

Top 3 dough types for menu diversification (and what trends they fit with)

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Article Highlights: 

  1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic that fits with the gourmet eating trend
  2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice that fits with the healthy eating trend
  3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread that fits with the fast casual trend

Traditional style pizza dough has its own well-known competitive advantage, but when you’re looking to diversify the menu, the type of dough you use can make a world of a difference.

Spicing up the menu comes in many shapes, textures and flavours, so when you’re planning your next best-selling dish, don’t stop at the toppings.

Here are 3 dough types for menu diversification that will work great for the Grocery and Foodservice industries who are looking to attract a new, dynamic kind of clientele: Millennials.

1. Focaccia: the authentic, Italian-style, all time classic

Fits with: the gourmet eating trend

Focaccia with sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions
An authentic Italian-style focaccia topped with slow roasted sliced potatoes and balsamic caramelized onions.

Dive right into this authentic, Italian-style dish! The Focaccia is an all-time favourite and gets the first spot in our top picks due to its versatility; you may tailor it to the menu as an appetizer, entrée, side dish, standalone snack or even as a sandwich bread! Although similar to pizza dough, focaccia is different in texture, with a moist, cakelike interior and is served with fewer toppings.

How to top it: traditional Italian toppings include olive oil, herbs, salt, tomatoes, onions and olives.

MiMi Tip: A non-conventional way of serving focaccia: turn it into sandwich bread!

How to market it: Focaccias appeal to consumers who want to explore authentic Italian dishes and the thousands years of rich history behind them.  Focaccia fits in the gourmet eating trend.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, side dish, or snack

MiMi’s focaccias: Pomodoro Sauce, Greek (feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes), potato/ rosemary, pepper medley and sizes: (6 x 9, 7 x 7, 12 x 9, 14 x 7)

MiMi’s stuffed focaccias: jalapeno & cheddar/ mozzarella, black olives/ onions & mozzarella and Pomodoro Sauce & Mozarella in sizes 12 x 4 and 6 x 9.

2. Flatbread: the understated, fine dining, better-for-you choice

Fits with: the healthy eating trend

Flatbreads
Flatbreads are perfect as appetizers, entrees and even desserts!

This versatile piece gets the second spot in our countdown since it not only reduces baking times significantly, but it can completely transform even the most traditional dishes. Serving pizza on a thin, flatbread crust instantly creates a sophisticated dish.

How to top it: For a crust as simple as the flatbread, try bold, gourmet toppings like: artichokes, jalapeno peppers, arugula, avocado, Gouda cheese, steak or chorizo.

MiMi Tip: Put an understated, artisan-style spin on the classic Margherita pizza by serving it on a flatbread crust!

How to market it: Flatbreads fit perfectly with the health conscious consumers, since they are considerably thinner and lighter than traditional pizza dough. Flatbreads are also a wonderful choice to upgrade your menu for a fine dining experience.

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi’s flatbreads: white, whole wheat, multigrain, garlic & rosemary, sundried tomato & basil, jalapeno & cheddar

3. Panouzzo: the Italian twist on classic sandwich bread

Fits with: the fast casual trend

Panouzzo Sandwich Bread
Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches!

Panouzzo is the combination of Focaccia and Calzone, turned into the perfect sandwich bread. Our very own Panouzzo has the same texture and delightful aroma of our famous award winning Focaccia!

Take the sandwich menu to a whole new level of crispiness by replacing traditional sandwich bread with this flavourful alternative.  Put your own spin on this purely Italian invention from the Campania region!

How to top it: use your choice of fresh meats, cheeses and an array of vegetables! Just like with any sandwich bread, the sky is your limit.

How to market it: The Panouzzo is a great match to the growing fast casual trend. Elevate your on-the-go sandwiches with this gourmet bread!

Perfect as: appetizer, entrée, dessert

MiMi Tip: Use your imagination to turn sandwich bread into an irresistible dessert item! Here’s our take on it: stuff the Panouzzo with Nutella, vanilla ice-cream and bananas!

MiMi’s Panouzzos: Sliders 2” x 2”, Burger 4” x 4”, Sandwich 4” x 6”, Hot Dog 3” x 6”, Long 5” x 18” and Garlic Spread 12” x 4”.

Bottom line? Dough is an essential element in menu diversification, as it can help your business stay in line with the latest trends of the industry! For best results, put your own creative spin on these versatile products!

For more information regarding MiMi Foods products, contact us at artisticdough@mimifoods.ca or 905-660-0010.