More people are becoming vegetarians for either ethical or health reasons, while others have meat-free days. The days when restaurants had one lone vegetarian option on the menu are long gone, thankfully. Now vegetarian restaurants and catering services are widespread. It is not much different to running any catering service, however there are a few things to bear in mind when you set up your business.
Make Sure You’re Legal
If you are opening a restaurant, make sure that the premises are able to be used for your business and that you have or can get a drinks’ licence. All catering businesses have to register with the local environmental health service a minimum of 28 days before opening. Even if your business is run from home, other premises or from a vehicle, it still must be registered. You’ll also need to comply with health and safety regulations as well as laws concerning labour, tax and National Insurance.
Putting Food Safety First
Make sure your staff are trained in food handling and management. Rules on clean food handling procedures should be posted on the premises in a prominent place. You’ll also need working fire extinguishers and to know how they work. Make sure surfaces and floors are always clean – spillages, especially grease and oil, need to be wiped up straight away to prevent accidents.
Invest in quipment
You will need heavy-duty catering equipment which can stand up to the demands of a busy kitchen. When buying your catering supplies, think about where they will go and work out how much space you have. You can get ideas of catering supplies and prices from companies such as 247cateringsupplies.co.uk.
Create a Mouth-watering Menu
Think about your menu and update it regularly, particularly when working with seasonal produce. You could create a signature dish – one which you are known for – and make sure there is a lovely variety, even if the menu is not extensive. Clearly label dishes which are vegan, gluten-free or contain nuts, for example, to help diners make an informed choice.
Marketing Your New Venture
Don’t just target vegetarians but also advertise in health-food shops or organic shops so that health-conscious or environmentally-aware people can find you too. Also look at mainstream advertising and online marketing to reach people who enjoy trying new foods.