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Do you hand out recipes?

pkd09

Future Director
Silver Member
Feb 20, 2006
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I recently listened to a training CD and the Executive Director (I believe) stated she does not hand out the receipe she prepared. She tells the individual she would be glad to prepare it again at her show if she books one. I have had requests for recipes I have prepared at a show and was wondering what others do?
 

bbauman07

Veteran Member
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Apr 12, 2005
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I direct everyone to my website. I tell them I will post it there. I do make recipe cards and give them out at my shows, they all have my contact info on the back.

I like the booking idea though.
 

button92

Member
Dec 29, 2005
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always be sure to tell your guests which cookbook your recipe can be found in. I have had many cookbook sales as a result of this.
 

lacychef

Legend Member
Feb 15, 2006
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yes i do

I hand out copies of the recipes I make, just because it seemed like when I didn't-everyone was so worried about jotting down ingredients that they weren't paying attention to me! Now they know they have the recipe in their folder, so they can watch my demo! I also have my info on the recipes, and let them know which book they're in.
 

reesefamily5

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Mar 27, 2005
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I like to hand out the recipe to everyone. It has my info on it and I have had people call me 9 months down the road and tell me they remembered my info on the recipe. People are more likely to keep a recipe than a business card. Sometimes what I do is put the 2nd recipe on my website. Then if they want it they have to go there and get it.
 

ChefNic

Veteran Member
Jun 22, 2005
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I give the host the recipes I make at her show.
But during the demo, I don't talk about the recipe at all, it isn't about the recipe, it's about the products, then at the end I let them know which cookbook or which product Use and Care it is from... they sometimes buy the product for the U&C recipe, or the cookbook.
 

Chef Kearns

Legacy Member
Gold Member
Feb 8, 2005
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I always buy the recipe cards, but I hardly ever hand them out at parties. I always tell them where they can find the recipe at the beginning of the show. Since I am generally doing Celebrations shows that is when I present the SB and say it is my host gift. I also tell them which page to find the recipe on (and please write a host appropriate message, so she remembers who was here at her party).

Every season I buy the cards thinking...this time I'll use them. I do use them for fairs, booths, craft shows. When people ask for a catalog or my information I give them a recipe card. It is also a good attention getter, "Would you like a FREE recipe?"
 

mary k

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Mar 1, 2006
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I always hand out my recipes at the end of the show. The reason for this is that if they buy the product or products I use and take one of my recipes to what function they have this will help me because they will want to buy the products so they can make the recipe.:)
 

DebbieJ

Legend Member
Oct 6, 2005
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I tell my guests that if they give me their email address, I will email it to them when the show closes. That way they know when to expect their things and they get the recipe.

If someone does not have email and asks for the recipe, I usually print it out and include it with their receipt.
 

nikked

Senior Member
Gold Member
Apr 10, 2005
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Email the recipes

DebbieJ said:
I tell my guests that if they give me their email address, I will email it to them when the show closes. That way they know when to expect their things and they get the recipe.

If someone does not have email and asks for the recipe, I usually print it out and include it with their receipt.

This is what I have started doing...I find I get more email addresses for my newsletter this way, and it highlights the fact that I provide customer service, and I do what I say! The hardest part is actually doing it, but my customers absolutely love knowing that the "recipe is in the mail!"
 

kinklan4

Silver Member
Mar 30, 2006
22
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I have a big stack of recipe cards I've purchased over the last couple years. I purchase them thinking I'll do the recipe and then hand out the card. That has only happened a few times. Either my host doesn't want the recipe or I don't like making it. So now I keep it simple. I use recipes found in the Season's Best, give one to my host as a thank you gift, pass it around and ask everyone to sign the book and tell them that the recipe comes right from the book. If they want the recipe, they will spend the $1. Right now I've been making the Strawberry Amaretto Pastries and folks are going crazy over them. They are messy but delicious. The recipe serves 12 but if you have more coming, you can cut the puff pastry into 15 or even 24.
 

DebPC

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Staff member
Apr 14, 2004
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I don't do a drawing so I tell them at the start of the show- if they fill out their survey slip completely and give it to my with their order I will give them that nights recipe. Of course I have all my info on it.
 
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