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A Super Week For Restaurants & Food Delivery Feb. 7-14

Restaurants will score well this week starting with Super Bowl Sunday February 7 and ending with Valentine’s Day February 14 with Chinese New Year (starts Feb. 8) and Mardi Gras (culminating Feb. 9) in between. A few statistics we found:

On Super Bowl Sunday Americans will consume
1.3 billion chicken wings
278 million avocados
325 million gallons of beer
11.2 million pounds of potato chips
and 31% will order takeout
Source: Time.com/money (2/6/2016)

Check out this classic guacamole recipes from Avocados from Mexico
Check out this classic guacamole recipes from Avocados from Mexico

Restaurant and retail spending for Chinese New Year exceeds Thanksgiving: Last year Americans spent around $60 billion during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. In contrast the week of Chinese New Year generated nearly $100 billion for Chinese shops and restaurants. Source: World Economic Forum (Nov. 2015)

Chef Chris Cheung's dumplings and potstickers (photo:Leslie Brienza)
East Wind Snack Shop Chef Chris Cheung‘s dumplings and potstickers (photo:Leslie Brienza)

Mardi Gras generates $850 million annually for the City of New Orleans. 500,00 King Cakes will be sold and 50,000 shipped out of state. Source: New Orleans CVB

King Cake from Manny Randazzo Bakery in New Orleans https://www.randazzokingcake.com/
King Cake from Manny Randazzo Bakery in New Orleans

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for dining out after Mother’s Day with one-quarter of Americans making reservations. 31% of adults favor restaurant gift cards as Valentine’s Day gifts.Source: National Restaurant Association (2/3/2013).

Respondents indicated that the top three factors in selecting a restaurant for Valentine's Day are positive reviews (34%), romantic ambience (27 %) and service (16%).
Respondents in a National Restaurant Association Survey indicated that the top three factors in selecting a restaurant for Valentine’s Day are positive reviews (34%), romantic ambience (27 %) and service (16%). Restaurant Business Magazine

By Melanie Young

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