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It's a fact that travelers show a preference for lodging that provides a breakfast in the morning. This is no reason to simply set out boxes of cold cereal and carafes of milk. Offer a great hotel breakfast to your guests; they will thank you for it with good reviews and customer loyalty.
Breakfast buffets are easiest for travelers and employees. A good buffet offers a variety of fresh foods. Start the line with plates and bowls, of course. It is fine to offer cold cereals and instant oatmeal; consider including packets of instant miso soup as well.
Some people expect and even look forward to breakfast pastries. Don’t cut corners by offering pre-packaged or stale pastries. Whether you bake them yourself or purchase pastries from a supplier, make certain they are fresh.
Offer other breads, such as whole grain toasts and bagels. A toaster is a good investment for a hotel that provides a breakfast buffet. There are industrial toasters that roll the bread over the heat; because the toast is moving the next person does not have to wait in line to start their toast.
Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and bacon or sausage are staples of breakfast. Some mornings you may offer pancakes or French toast instead of potatoes. A bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt are musts for any breakfast buffet. To make your hotel breakfast the best in town, consider offering granola, homemade oatmeal, and pico de gallo next to the eggs. Of course, juices, coffees and teas should go without saying.
A buffet must encourage people to move smoothly through the line. The best way to do this is to allow guests to help themselves to everything they may need, including napkins and utensils. Have the napkins and utensils at the end of the line so that guests do not need to hold on to them while they are serving themselves food. Do put out a tip jar, as well, for the cooks, bussers, and any other helpers in your employ.
Written by: Beth Taylor