Au Bon Pain Highlights Classic Flavors of Autumn in Fall Menu
Boston-Based Fast-Casual Café Celebrates Seasonal Ingredients with Delicious New Lunch Options and an Innovative Spin on Pumpkin Baked Goods and Beverages
August 31, 2016 (Press Release) - With Autumn quickly approaching and cooler weather just around the corner, Au Bon Pain, an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual category, introduces its new Fall Menu featuring innovative seasonal baked goods, classic savory sandwiches, flavor-packed soups, and an indulgent new latte that puts a unique twist on classic Pumpkin. The updated menu incorporates some of the season's most popular ingredients into new limited time offerings like the Smoky Swiss Turkey Sandwich, Turkey, Kale & Wild Rice Soup, Pumpkin Croissant, and Pumpkin Chai Latte.
The new menu features a number of traditional bakery items and beverages that harness the popular flavor-rich ingredients of Autumn. Guests can cozy up with new limited-time, handcrafted offerings like the delicious Apple Streusel Muffin, a flaky Pumpkin Croissant brimming with creamy pumpkin filling, and a rich Pumpkin Blondie. These new baked goods pair well with morning pick-me-up's like Pumpkin Latte, a traditional guest favorite served hot or iced, and the new Pumpkin Chai Latte, a distinctive recipe that features green chai tea blended with pumpkin spice and a touch of cinnamon.
"For the recipes in our new Fall Menu, we were inspired by the cozy flavors of the season to create indulgent, satisfying items as well as more healthful options that are still bursting with flavor," said Katherine See, Au Bon Pain's executive chef. "As cooler weather starts to set in, our guests begin to seek out more traditional comfort foods, so many of our new items for Fall use fresh, high-quality ingredients to put a distinctive twist on some of the classic homestyle recipes that our guests love."
Playing on the brand's commitment to continuous innovation in the kitchen, the Fall Menu introduces the new Smoky Swiss Turkey Sandwich. A crossover between a Reuben and a Rachel, the Smoky Swiss Turkey offers a flavorful combination of melted swiss cheese over sliced turkey that is topped with smoky BBQ sauce, vidalia coleslaw, and a zesty spread on housemade, toasted whole grain wheat bread. Two guest favorite soups are also featured in the Fall Menu, savory Turkey, Kale & Wild Rice and creamy Harvest Pumpkin are both back for another season.
To celebrate one of its first and most popular menu items, Au Bon Pain will be hosting a free Mini Chocolate Croissant Day on September 13 from 2-5pm at participating locations. The fast casual chain is also offering a 2 for $5 deal on all croissants and croisbuns throughout the season.
The full Fall Menu:
Smoky Swiss Turkey Sandwich: Swiss cheese melted over sliced turkey and topped with smoky BBQ sauce, zesty spread and Vidalia coleslaw served on toasted whole grain wheat
Smoky BBQ Chicken Salad: Smoky BBQ marinated chicken, romaine & field greens, roasted corn, tomatoes, roasted red & yellow bell peppers, three-cheddar blend, crispy onions & lite ranch dressing
Turkey, Kale & Wild Rice Soup: Pulled turkey, wild rice & kale simmered with carrots, onions & celery in a creamy turkey stock
Harvest Pumpkin Soup: Simmered with onion, celery, and carrots and lightly seasoned with fresh ginger and cinnamon
Apple Streusel Muffin: Moist apple muffin topped with cinnamon streusel
Pumpkin Croissant: Flaky croissant with creamy pumpkin filling and topped with cinnamon sugar
Pumpkin Blondie: Pumpkin brownie with white chocolate chunks, walnuts, and spices
Pumpkin Latte: Rich espresso, blended with pumpkin spice, topped with frothed milk and dusted with cinnamon - hot or iced
Pumpkin Chai Latte: Green tea chai and pumpkin spice, topped with frothed milk and dusted with cinnamon - hot or iced
For more information on the new menu or to find an Au Bon Pain café location near you, visit: www.aubonpain.com.
About Au Bon Pain
Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain ("the place of good bread") has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain's signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods that include low-sodium, low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Calorie counts are clearly posted on menus and full nutritional information is provided in each café which has helped the brand earn Health magazine's designation as one of America's Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains over the past three years and one of America's Healthiest Restaurant Chains by Grellin.
Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.