Foodservice specialist Bidvest is updating care homes operators on the summer menus that are available from today.
The Bidvest Foodservice Create Summer includes light breakfast options, fresh meats for BBQs, summer drinks, snacks, desserts, outdoor cooking equipment, crockery and glassware.
To encourage residents to get involved in social occasions during the warmer months, Bidvest Foodservice has developed a specific range of fresh meats for care homes, as part of its fresh meat brand called Farmstead.
The range has smaller portions and pack sizes to provide flexibility with cooking times and portion control, allowing care home operators to minimise waste and reduce costs when putting on events for residents.
Gail Bridgeman, Bidvest foodservice campaign and activation manager, explains: “Summertime is all about social meal occasions, whether that’s outdoor eating, afternoon tea, buffets, or sharing a dessert whilst enjoying summer events such as bank holidays, sporting events, or the Queen’s birthday, there are a number of different options for operators to consider.
“The Create Summer range has been developed to help those in charge of purchasing to select the right items to suit their residents’ needs, so whether you’re looking for menu inspiration, delicious recipes or innovative new ideas and products, we’re here to help our customers create summer their way.
“With more consumers choosing vegetarian meals as part of a lifestyle choice or dietary requirements, it is essential summer menus also cater for this demand. Within the Create Summer range we have included everything from Quorn sausage patties, to spicy bean burgers, vegetarian chicken strips and sausage rolls, making it easy for operators to add a wide selection of meat-free options to their offering.
“To end the meal on a high, we’ve also ensured that the sweet selection is as vast as the savoury. This includes handmade French patisserie style desserts, such as our new coffee and chocolate delice or raspberry and almond tart.
“We are also pleased to introduce two new desserts to the Premium Selection range with an Individual Trifle Torte and a Tiramisu Teardrop. These are both modern takes on traditional, nostalgic desserts and come in individual thaw and serve formats for consistency and ease of portion and cost control for the customer. From speaking to our customers and using market insight we are launching some seasonal products which include a Baked Alaska, a Sherbet Lemon mousse square and a Raspberry and Gooseberry Fool. We hope these refreshing, flavour combinations will bring a touch of summer to our customers.”