Restaurants Boost Rewards for Price-Wary Consumers

As restaurants try to prevent inflation-concerned consumers from trading down, many brands are becoming more aggressive in their rewards and deal offers in an effort to keep diners coming back.

“With some of the macroeconomic trends ahead, I think it would make sense if the rewards programs started to become more generous, and more restaurants are participating in them,” Or’el Anbar, director of analytics at fast-casual chain Just Salad, told PYMNTS in an interview. “Because it’s easy to roll out to a lot of point-of-sale systems and use the technology restaurants already have in place to now offer reward functionality, and customers are going to be looking for value.”

The salad chain, for its part, announced the launch of its new “Race to Rewards” program earlier this month, per an emailed press release, which offers discounts when members complete “challenges,” much like competitors Sweetgreen’s Rewards and Challenges program.

Inflation is affecting how consumers engage with restaurants, and price-focused rewards could be key to easing their anxieties. Research from the August edition of PYMNTS’ Consumer Inflation Sentiment study, “Consumer Inflation Sentiment: Inflation Slowly Ebbs, but Consumer Outlook Remains Gloomy,” revealed that, in response to inflation, 78% of consumers are eating at home more. Plus, 38% reported they are opting more for lower-priced restaurants.

These decisions come as restaurant prices inflate well above the cross-category average, although still less than grocery prices. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that, while prices for all items were up 7.7% in

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Holiday dessert recipes from our audience for your sweet tooth : NPR

Clockwise from top left: Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King share family recipes.

Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King/Collage by NPR

Clockwise from top left: Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King share family recipes.

Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King/Collage by NPR

All Things We’re Cooking is a series featuring kitchen gems from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We’ll continue to share more of your recipes throughout the holidays.

All jokes aside, this fruitcake is legendary. It was even served at a wedding

Parents, kids, aunts and a cousin gather on Black Friday to make a big batch to mail around the country. It’s shared far and wide at Christmastime and was featured on a bike ride across Iowa.

When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's Famous Fruitcake as their wedding cake.

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When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's Famous Fruitcake as their wedding cake.

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Her father’s fudge recipe brings back childhood memories of the Midwest

A young Jan Kincaid Clifford wasn’t even tall enough to reach the stove. That didn’t stop her from stirring the pot. And stir. And stir. Her dad’s recipe requires patience, but it pays off.

Jan Kincaid Clifford's father with his grandchildren.

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Jan Kincaid Clifford's father with his grandchildren.

Jan Kincaid Clifford/Collage by NPR

Zoom and a butter mint recipe bring a mother and daughter together

A long-distance video lesson from Mom also offered a chance to write the recipe down. Cold weather and a marble slab work best to cool this homemade confection, which has helped the family bond.

Left: Jordan Harrison with her grandmother.  Right: Freshly made butter mints.

Jordan Harrison/Collage by NPR

Left: Jordan Harrison with her grandmother.  Right: Freshly made butter mints.

Jordan Harrison/Collage by NPR

How a ‘Martian droppings’ cookie got its out-of-this-world name

Friends, family and co-workers clamor for the quirky, pistachio-flavored pudding cookie treats that come out looking green.

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Karisma Kapoors “Homemade Biryani” Looks Utterly Delicious – See Pic

How do you like to spend your Sundays? Perhaps, gorging your favorite food items and chilling at home. Well, it seems like Karisma Kapoor does agree with the idea of ​​spending the weekend. After all, her Instagram Stories proved that she had a good day. why? What’s so special about it? Karisma gorged on mouth-watering homemade biryani today. The sumptuous delicacy cooked with a bunch of homely spices and tender meat chunks looked absolutely delightful. However, the spicy rice dish is not the only thing in her stories. The delicacy is accompanied by flavourful raita as well, in another bowl. Karisma wrote, “Homemade biryani,” with an orange heart emoji. She also added the hashtag “lolo loves.” She added the tag “Sunday.”

Also Read: Karisma Kapoor’s Thanksgiving Feast Has Us Drooling; Take A Look

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Like Karisma Kapoor, if you are also looking forward to bingeing on biryani, do go through the recipes below. This time, make a good biryani at home and pair it with heavenly raita on the side. Check the recipes out.

Here’re 5 Biryani Options For You:

Chicken dum biryani

Let us kickstart the list with this authentic recipe. Chicken dum biryani is sure to make your day. This aromatic Mughlai dish is easy-to-make and tastes excellent. You can enjoy it with some flavourful salan or raita for a complete meal experience. Recipe inside.

Cucumber and spinach raita

Looking for a perfect raita that will go well with your biryani? Your search ends here. This

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