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Why Country Clubs and Museums Should Consider Outsourcing Food Service

July 16th, 2020 | Dining Program | food service

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Several business types, like hospitals and large corporations, outsource their dining programs to food service management companies. These contracted companies make it easy and affordable for businesses to serve food to employees and visitors.

But those aren’t the only type of businesses that should consider outsourcing their dining programs. Country clubs, museums, zoos, and aquariums are a few other types of businesses that are starting to see the benefits of outsourcing food service.

For these smaller businesses, it can be a huge undertaking to manage all food operations. But outsourcing offers these businesses the opportunity to avoid dealing with frustrating logistics, like coordinating suppliers and hiring staff, while still creating a top-notch dining experience. With outsourcing, you’re still in control over the final menus and other offerings you provide.

Why Country Clubs Should Consider Outsourcing

Right now, country clubs are benefitting from high-income baby boomers who are starting to retire and fill their newfound leisure time with golf and club activities. However, there is a looming threat to the industry because younger consumers don’t see the appeal of country clubs. The next generation isn’t taking up the sport of golf. Some younger professionals may also perceive country clubs to be stuffy and conservative.

But outsourcing can help change that. Good food service management companies can customize their dining approach to clubs based on the members they want to attract, like developing a farm-to-table, creative menu approach.

A food service manager lets you try out new concepts like this with low commitment. For example, say you want to try offering poolside drinks. A food service management company will handle all the details, like staff, suppliers, menu, and more. And if it doesn’t work, you can easily adjust your contract to remove the new offering. You won’t have to lay off any team members or be out tons of money.

They can also help you create a more elevated experience by hiring the right expert staff members for the job. Rather than hiring teenagers who need a summer job, the food service manager will hire all-star service assistants with years of experience to make your members feel like they are in a luxury establishment.

An outsourced company will also act as your dedicated food manager. Right now, your country club’s food manager may also be the entire club’s general manager. This means that they have to manage general operations and your food program. This is a huge undertaking for just one person. They should instead be working on overall strategy and operations, not determining how much chicken to order for the lunch menu next week.

Why Museums Should Consider Outsourcing

For museums, your main attraction probably isn’t your in-house cafe or restaurant. People come to museums for exhibits, not food. But what if you could change that? A great dining program can encourage guests to stay longer, spend more money, and help your museum stand out among other attractions in your city.

In the early 2000s, museums favored more formal-style restaurants and cafes. But there’s been a recent shift toward casual dining concepts. A food service manager can help you seamlessly make this change to cater to today’s museum-goers if you haven’t already.

They’ll also be able to help you create menus that work with your museum, like themed menus for your featured exhibits or foods from around the world. The company will easily be able to change up menus and restaurant decor as quickly as you change up your exhibitions.

And as we mentioned above with country clubs, a food service management company can also help you handle hiring, suppliers, and overall food operations. For example, it may be difficult for your small team to plan for attendance throughout the week. You may have a lot fewer visitors on a Wednesday than a Sunday. Or you may have a few big events, like parties or meetings, you have to plan for. But with an outsourced provider, you don’t have to think about that. They handle all the details so your team can focus on strategy and making your museum one of the best in your area.

How to Get Started

Whether you’re a country club, museum, or any other business that hasn’t previously considered it, outsourcing can make life easier for your staff. A good food service management company will help you manage costs and provide a better dining experience to your guests.

Plus, when the COVID-19 pandemic ends and service at country clubs and museums picks up again, an outsourced company, like Top Nosh, can help you seamlessly make this transition as you ramp back up to your full-service capabilities.

Top Nosh isn’t just a regular food service management company. Every business has unique needs when it comes to food service, which is why we create culinary experiences for businesses around the country. We offer locally-sourced food whenever possible, and even work with farmer’s markets to ensure freshness.

From coffee breaks to convenience stores, executive dining to food trucks, we can offer food service at a level that works for your museum or country club. We like to think of our experiences as a conversation starter rather than just a cafe.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can work together, contact us here.