How to Cook for a Bed and Breakfast

How to Cook for a Bed and Breakfast. One of the most challenging parts of running a bed and breakfast establishment is preparing the food for the guests. Unlike regular culinary fare, the food served at a bed and breakfast is often unique, bountiful and keeps regular guests coming back each year for a taste of your tempting treats.

Prepare an evening menu, offering a small dinner selection of sandwiches prepared on homemade bread and rolls, featuring various meats, cheeses, vegetables and spreads. Plan your menu to serve your most popular items on your busiest days. Add a couple of salads and a dessert to round out a simple meal.

Put all your effort into the morning menu. They don't call it a bed and "breakfast" for nothing. Guests expect a real treat when they awaken so don't disappoint. Again, plan a weekly menu and stick to it.

Rise early to start homemade yeast bread items. Plan to begin baking your morning rolls at least three hours before serving time. Choose one basic sweet roll recipe and use it for all your baked goods. Use the same dough for cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, sticky buns and plain morning rolls.

Serve a variety of fresh fruit in season. Purchasing from farmer's markets is a touch guests will appreciate when staying at your establishment. Unfortunately, it's only possible during the summer growing season in most parts of the country. During the winter months, serve the best fruit you can find or use frozen fruits in muffins as a tasty alternate.

Offer a twist when preparing breakfast meats. Bacon, ham, sausage and pork chops are all acceptable but bacon takes on a completely new aspect when brown sugar saturates the slab before baking in the oven until it's caramelized. Look for unique ways of preparing the meat dishes to tantalize your guests' palate.

Take a cooking class if you don't know the basics of baking and preparing meals but you needn't enroll at a culinary institute. Cooking for a bed and breakfast entails finding and making quality dishes but extensive gourmet experience isn't necessary. Concentrate on pastry making and vary your menu with extravagant sauces and accompaniments.

Plan your cooking time in order to allow you to eat and talk with the guests. People choose bed and breakfast establishments for the personal appeal and conversation.


  • Bed and breakfast inns typically serve only a small dinner offering, little or no lunch and a large, elaborate breakfast.

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