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 or call 905-660-0010.

Switching to a dough manufacturer

Switching to a dough manufacturer

Switching to a dough manufacturer comes with its unique advantages. Although making dough in-house, from scratch yields an authentic result, there are certain signs in any operation which could point that it’s time to streamline the manufacturing process. As a restaurant owner, you would be surprised to see how consistent your secret signature recipe can be manufactured on a large scale. Let’s start by looking at some advantages of using a dough manufacturer.

Consistency: When partnering with a supplier, the dough is always manufactured using the same ingredients, in the same ratio and using an unchanging preparation and baking method. The result is a steady flow of the same product with minimal variance. For your restaurant, this means being able to consistently offer your customers your signature recipes with every visit, which in turn builds loyalty and satisfaction.

High Quality Ingredients: There is a myth surrounding dough manufacturers saying that they only and/or mostly use preservatives or artificial colors and flavors in their products. The reality is, in fact, that an experienced, reputable supplier will only use the best of ingredients. Because of their large scale buying power, dough suppliers are able to purchase high quality, all natural ingredients at a better price than a single restauranteur. At MiMi Foods, some of the ingredients we work with are purified water, extra virgin olive oil, Caputo “00” flour, Semolina Flour, etc.

Research and Development: A dough manufacturer can work closely with you to create and test recipes for proprietary and customized products, for larger volumes. On the other hand, if you already have a signature family recipe, a dough supplier can recreate the recipe in its entirety.  MiMi Foods thrives on creating/developing recipes for MiMi’s customer to differentiate against their own competitors.

Increased variety: Surprise and delight your customers by expanding your product offering to include Focaccia, Calzone, Flatbreads, Specialty Sliders/Breads and many more. Working with a supplier gives you the opportunity to purchase products in a set, specific quantity, which means you can test the market with “limited time” offerings or seasonal products without going through the trouble of making it from scratch.

Customer service and expertise: In order to be successful, a restaurant business must focus on a variety of operations, both back-end and front-end, starting with preparing the ingredients, to assembling dishes and delivering them in a pleasant service environment to meet customer expectations. On the other hand, as a dough manufacturer, our only operation revolves around producing dough, making it our craft and specialty. In turn, this means you will get unparalleled service, professional advice and a perfect product every time.

Signs that it’s time to switch

Although the signs can vary from business to business, there are a few indicators that might mean it’s time to look for a supplier. Our advice to you is to not ignore these signs, as in time they can lead to increased business costs and/ or an overall decline in product quality.

Multiple locations: Consistency tends to get more and more difficult to achieve as the number of locations increases. The reasons behind this are easy to understand and can be related to inconsistent use of ingredients, different mixing methods from worker to worker, different storage and equipment, etc.

Demand management and waste: Sudden shifts in demand are difficult to predict even by the most experienced restaurant owners. If you have found yourself overproducing dough and having to discard it or being completely unprepared for a rush of customers, then one way to manage this is by having the prepared dough ready to be used when the demand is there.

High operations costs: Making dough from scratch can mean high labor, storage and equipment costs. By outsourcing the dough, your workers don’t have to spend the extra hours to prepare the dough and allow it to rise. Working with a dough supplier also cuts down on raw ingredient storage space, such as flour and olive oil, and reduces the need for the necessary equipment to make the dough.

What types of products can be outsourced?

The most popular types of products that can be outsourced are:

  • Frozen Dough Balls
  • Par-Baked Crusts
  • Other Frozen Products (such as Focaccia, Flatbreads, Panouzzo Buns etc.)

Continue reading our blog: Dough Ball or Par-Baked Crust: which one is suited for your type of operation?

What to consider when choosing a dough manufacturer? 

Although there are multiple factors that will go into your final decision, the most important aspects when choosing a dough manufacturer are:

Food Safety: Make sure the dough supplier adheres by strict safety programs that will never put production at risk. At MiMi Foods, we are a leader in food safety and take this responsibility very seriously. We are BRC Food Certificated and commit to setting and meeting high standards of performance.

Product Variety: A dough supplier should be able to provide you with a complete portfolio of products to choose from such as Flatbreads, Focaccias, Panouzzo, Pizza Buns, etc. Take advantage of this to introduce new products in your menu to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction!

To see if dough outsourcing is the right choice for your business, email us at or call us at  905-660-0010.