November 2003 Edition
Desserts Steal the Show

Thaw and Serve, Plate and Present. When it comes to preparing for the hectic holiday party and catering season, these are the words busy event planners and chefs live by. Whether it's a dinner party for 10 or a banquet for 1,000, easy-to-prepare desserts offer first-class flair at a fraction of the time and labour required to prepare them from scratch.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to turn our attention to the dessert menu. Your customers will be anticipating the opportunity to indulge during the holiday season, and with this captive audience in house, you'll want to ensure that your dessert menu is ready to step up to the challenge of satisfying even the most discriminating sweet tooth.

With a little creativity and Sysco Vanilla Cream Puffs you can add traditional French pastries to the menu in a variety of ways. These inexpensive desserts are ideal for upscale presentations. Create an elegant cream puff sundae by filling a dessert cup with cream puffs drizzled in chocolate sauce, or create a tempting treat at the buffet table by building a cream puff Croquembouche.

Available in Lemon, Strawberry, and Black Forest varieties, Sysco Classic Mini Cream Rolls create a dessert tray that is perfect for banquets, catered events or large groups. Pair them with Imperial Chocolate Topped Mini Eclairs and Imperial Chocolate Coated Cream Puffs. Made from the finest ingredients, including real Dutch Dairy cream fillings, these delicious desserts will disappear from sight.

For centre of the plate dessert options, serve up Sysco Imperial Cakes - a tempting collection of classics they'll love, including a full line of rich and creamy cheesecakes. Cheesecake is the most frequently ordered restaurant dessert and remains a familiar and popular favourite from coast to coast. It offers almost unlimited signature opportunities - bring customers back again and again with your own distinctive toppings - fruits, nuts, chocolate or sauces. These thaw and serve options go from plate to great in no time.

And, Sysco Imperial desserts make it easy for waitstaff to increase cheque averages. Position dessert as an indulgence and start tempting your customers the minute they walk in by offering dessert specials that interest and excite. Encourage waitstaff to tell customers to "Save room for our delicious desserts" on their first visit to the table. Create a tempting dessert display or menu that waitstaff can use to encourage an "impulse" order for dessert, and if customers decline dessert with their meal, offer to pack one up to take with them when their sweet tooth needs satisfying at home. ¨


Combine thaw and serve ease with indescribable flavour to make special occasions even more special

Imperial 24 Karat Three Layer Carrot Cake

The finest ingredients enhance this golden cake - surrounded and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts, garnished with fresh grated carrots.

Imperial Chocolate Confusion Layer Cake

A layer of oreo cookies topped with a rich fudge brownie covered with a thick layer of pure cream chocolate mousse, a layer of chocolate cake with chocolate chips, frosted with a rich fudge frosting and chocolate chip garnish.

Imperial Cappuccino Éclair Cake

A buttery graham cracker crust filled with our award-winning creamy cheesecake. Topped with candied pecans folded into whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate fudge.

Imperial Praline and Cream Cheesecake

A very rich creamy pecan filled cheesecake in a fluted buttery graham cracker crust, topped with candied pecans folded into whipped cream and sprinkled with chopped pecans.

Imperial Mississippi Mud Pie

A very rich fudge brownie topped with pure whipped cream, smothered with crushed snickers candy and drizzled with fudge sauce. A southern classic.

Imperial New York Cheesecake

An old fashioned New York style cheesecake made with the finest ingredients, enhanced with a delicious graham cracker crust made with pure butter, honey and molasses.

Imperial Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate cookie crust surrounding our fabulous chocolate creamy cheesecake topped with melted fudge and chocolate shavings. A chocolate lover's delight!

Imperial Key Lime Pie

A light luscious Key Lime Pie made with key lime juice from Key West, Florida and pure whipped cream on a buttery graham cracker crust. You won’t find any better!