November Marketing Ideas for Restaurants

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With all of the random food holidays, seasonal events, and more, planning a timely restaurant content calendar can be easier and more daunting than ever. At Venga, we’re always about making your life easier so we’ve pulled together a list of ideas for your November marketing campaigns.

All Month Long

Leaves are changing, the weather is cooler, days are shorter, and, with November here, fall is in full swing. The first frosts have yielded cozy comfort foods, hearty meals, and vibrant flavors, and everyone is looking for their fix as they gather around bonfires and feasts with friends and family. Everyone has roasted turkeys and spiced pies on their mind, so now is the time to start taking advantage of your Thanksgiving promotions. The Christmas season is coming, so don’t miss out on your last opportunities for fall fun!

Sports

Halloween, the preeminent pumpkin holiday, is over, and interest in pumpkin beers, Oktoberfests, and other fall seasonals have sharply dropped. November has brought colder weather and darker beers (think Scottish ales, amber lagers, and brandywines.) With this pumpkin to holiday beer gap also comes renewed interest and opportunities in the form of specialty releases and stouts. Be sure to also capitalize on one of the biggest bar days of the year, Thanksgiving Eve, by hosting game watches and targeting alumni groups to take advantage of large hometown reunions.

College basketball tips off in a few weeks
NFL is almost halfway through the regular season
NHL and NBA are going strong
 

Seasonal Ingredients

Everyone is still flocking to farmer’s markets to make the most of seasonal harvests before winter comes into full effect. Apples and pumpkins are sticking around for a few more weeks, while roasted chestnuts and seared scallops have just come to the force. Promote these ingredients by combining flavors to take advantage of these trending opportunities:

Apple
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Celeriac
Chestnut
Clams
Cranberry
Horseradish
Jerusalem artichoke
Kale
Mussels
Oyster
Parsnip
Pheasant
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Salsify
Scallop
Sea bass
Sweet potatoes
Truffle
Venison
Winter Squash

Acorn squash stuffed and baked with brown sugar, walnuts and cranberries, ready for holiday dinners. Extreme shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh.
 

 
Acorn squash stuffed and baked with brown sugar, walnuts and cranberries – a perfect November dish!

Acorn squash stuffed and baked with brown sugar, walnuts and cranberries – a perfect November dish!

 

Actual and Food Holidays

A few highlights from November’s food holidays: Autumn is harvest season, and with various fruits and veggies at their peak color and flavor, holidays like Eat a Cranberry Day have great potential – especially since it falls three days before Thanksgiving. Even though Halloween has passed, we’re not ready to give up our sweet tooths just yet, since there’s still National Sundae, Cake, and Bavarian Cream Pie Days to celebrate. Also what would fall be without a day to showcase cappuccinos and espressos? Check out what the rest of the month can offer your marketing promotions:

November 1: World Vegan Day
November 1: Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 2: National Deviled Egg Day
November 3: National Sandwich Day
November 3: Election Day
November 4: National Candy Day
November 5: National Doughnut Day
November 6: National Nachos Day
November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
November 8: National Cappuccino Day
November 9: National Scrapple Day
November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 11: National Sundae Day
November 11: Veteran’s Day
November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
November 14: National Guacamole Day
November 14: National Pickle Day
November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
November 15: National Bundt Cake Day
November 16: National Fast Food Day
November 17: National Baklava Day
November 17: Homemade Bread Day
November 18: National Apple Cider Day
November 19: Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 21: Gingerbread Day
November 22: National Cashew Day
November 23: National Espresso Day
November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day
November 24: National Sardines Day
November 25: National Parfait Day
November 26: National Cake Day
November 26: Thanksgiving Day
November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
November 28: National French Toast Day
November 29: Chocolates Day
November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day
November 30: National Mousse Day