Celebrating Holidays with California Strawberry Menus

According to the National Restaurant Association, 71% of adults are now trying to eat healthier at restaurants than they did two years ago*; and when parents dine out, increasingly they are looking for healthful options for their children.* That makes California strawberries a natural ingredient choice for operators looking to serve more healthful and appealing menus during the holidays (and throughout the year!). One serving of strawberries is easy to add, and is packed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, like potassium, folate and fiber.

Popular and versatile, fresh and frozen California strawberries add vibrant color, flavor, and appeal to holiday menus. With access to both fresh and frozen strawberries all year round, operators can keep favorite signature dishes on the menu and costs under control. From Strawberry Breakfast Parfait to Spicy Syrah-Glazed Pork Chops, California strawberries will lift holiday spirits all day long.

This holiday season, Strawberry Yogurt Cones on the kids’ menu will please both kids and their parents.  Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Crepe, Roasted Pears with Strawberry Relish, or Grilled Strawberries with Black Pepper Ice Cream insure adults can enjoy a decadent dessert without guilt. (In any season, roasting is a great method to bring out the sweetness of the strawberries.) 

Visit www.californiastrawberries.com for holiday menu ideas, including tips on how to Chocolate-Dip Strawberries.

* National Restaurant Association’s Kids Live Well Program, www.restaurant.org/Industry-Impact/Food-Healthy-Living/Trending-Healthy-(1) and www.restaurant.org/Industry-Impact/Food-Healthy-Living/Kids-LiveWell-Program.

About the California Strawberry Commission:

The California Strawberry Commission, www.calstrawberry.com, is a state government agency representing all of California’s strawberry shippers, processors and farmers. With an emphasis on food safety education, Commission activities focus on production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy, marketing and communications. California produces more than 85 percent of all strawberries grown in the United States.