Growing Your Restaurant Sales with a BOGO Dinner Program

The Olive Garden recently made its buy one entree, take home an entree for only $5 offer a regular part of its menu. It has successfully experimented with a buy one get one free version of this same dinner offer in the past. Offering a buy one take one home for free offer in your restaurant can be beneficial, while increasing sales and delivering more value. Here are some considerations for using a buy one take one home dinner program at your restaurant.

Customers See More Value


When customers see that your restaurant is offering a BOGO dinner program, they become excited because of how valuable they perceive the offer. A meal becomes 50% more affordable if you have another one to eat at home for the same price. This increases the traffic into your restaurant, especially with budget-savvy customers.

Low Cost Entrees

The key to having a successful buy one take one home dinner program is to keep the food and packaging cost of the entrees relatively low. In the case of Olive Garden, nearly all of the take home entrees only consist of pasta, sauce, and cheese. The customer orders an entree sized portion of spaghetti and meatballs and takes home fettuccine alfredo without any meat. Since the Olive Garden uses so much pasta anyway, it doesn’t cost very much to provide customers with an extra portion.



It is important to clearly state conditions for any deal you offer to customers on the menu and any related advertisements. This can include that the deal isn’t available on holidays, during lunch hours, or in combination with other offers, such as kids eat free. These conditions are important to keep the deal profitable. You ideally want the deal to lead to more customers eating at your restaurant, many of whom might have chosen to stay at home instead of eating out.

Something to Advertise

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A buy one take home dinner program is an attractive deal worth advertising. If your restaurant struggles to create advertising content or social media posts, this is an easy way to add more content. Customers want to know when and where they can go to enjoy such a delicious meal at a great savings.


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To send customers home with a dinner, you need the right takeout packaging. Olive Garden pre-packages their take home dinners in microwavable packages. However, the best takeout packaging for your needs will vary based on what your take home meals consist of and if the meals need to be heated.

Fortunately, PacknWood has the takeout packaging you need to successfully run a buy one take one home program at your restaurant. To learn more about our line of green food packaging, email us at to request a catalog.

Best Uses for Sugarcane Plates

PacknWood is now pleased to offer a new addition to our sugarcane plate collection. Our popular sugarcane plates are now available in a new 6.3-inch by 6.3-inch square size that is perfect for small entrees, desserts, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and other bite-sized options. With the introduction of this new sugarcane plate size, you can take advantage of PacknWood’s offerings to customize your restaurant and catering service designs. 

Sugarcane is valued around the world for its use as a sugar-producing plant, but it is finding a new life as the foundation of sugarcane plates. Sugarcane plates are one of the leading alternatives to plastic plates used in the restaurant industry. When used in the right way, they can be a viable alternative to plastic and other options that provides a host of environmentally-friendly benefits. Here are some of the best uses for sugarcane plates. 

Food Festival Plate

One of the best uses of sugarcane plates is as small entree dishes at food festivals or for food trucks. In most cases, portable food stands like food trucks or festival stands need smaller plates that are still sturdy and reliable. The sugarcane that makes up the plate holds its shape well and is resistant to moisture and cuts. So, it will fit a variety of festivals and food truck entree needs. 

Dessert Dishes

Sugarcane plates also make good dessert plates. You can use sugarcane plates to store or serve desserts since they hold up in a wide range of temperatures. Sugarcane is also liquid-resistant, so it won’t break down under moist desserts. The elegant white finish of sugarcane plates also helps create a more appealing display when they are used as serving dishes. You can use them as a central part of your catering or restaurant service designs. 

Eco-Friendly Replacement

Sugarcane plates have one feature that makes them universally useful. Sugarcane is biodegradable and will break down naturally in a landfill without leaking dangerous chemicals. This makes them a better option than other plate alternatives, as they are more elegant and stable than regular paper plates. With so many plates in use, they are filling up a sizable portion of landfills. Switching to sugarcane plates will help reduce the plate’s impact on the environment. 

Hors D’oeuvre Plates

At just 6.3-inches by 6.3-inches, PacknWood’s Bio n Chic Square Sugarcane Plate (210BCHIC160) is the right size for hors d’oeuvre plates. The clean, white finish of these plates can complement the look of most foods. Egg rolls? Perfect. Mini quiches? These mini savory delights look great on modern square plates. Sold in large packages, you can use these small plates for so many applications.

Ready to Make the Switch?

If you have a catering or restaurant service, consider switching to sugarcane plates. They offer a number of advantages over other plate options. Give us a call at (201) 604-3840 or send us an email at We are ready to help you explore new eco-friendly catering and restaurant supply options.