As we detailed in a previous blog on the ingredients of a better brunch buffet, the omelet station is essential to giving diners the ability to customize their breakfast or brunch experiences. So let's take a closer look at the history of the omelet and why every breakfast buffet should include an omelet station.
Though there are versions of omelets in different regions of the world throughout history, the word omelette has it's origins in France during the mid-16th century. There are legends that Napoleon Bonaparte experienced them while traveling through Bessières, in a region of southern France and immediately had a massive version prepared for his army to consume the next day.
One of the most famous omelets in all of France is still served today on the island of Mont St-Michel. La Mère Poulard, an innkeeper named Annette who had a great recipe for omelets, began serving them to religious pilgrims and tourists in 1888. Part of her technique was to make her famous soufflée omelette over an open fire, which is the way it's still done today.
But over the years, omelets have taken a different path. In the United States, they are more thought of as a breakfast staple versus something to be consumed at night around the fire. And for foodservice operations that excel at serving breakfast, especially those like hotels and resorts that provide breakfast buffets, the omelet is an important offering.
The best way for a breakfast buffet to provide omelets is by including an omelet station. Customization is key, and by allowing diners to select exactly what they want, you increase the potential for a positive breakfast experience.
Another advantage of this type of service is to accommodate allergies. Customization (along with best practices to prevent cross contamination) not only allows diners to eat what they're craving, but also what they're allowed to eat in order to avoid effects of food allergies.
And finally, an omelet station is a place where operators and staff can interact with customers. If you're in a resort, talk about the location and the things to do that are nearby. It can also be an opportunity for people to learn about hotel events and functions by word of mouth. In reality, there aren't negative consequences to a breakfast buffet omelet station. You just have to have the right space and equipment to bring the station to life.