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Cafe Pinot Chef Sydney Hunter says Mother's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for his business. Stephanie Elam reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 9, 2012.
On Mother's Day, many families go all out to give their matriarch a break from her daily duties -- in particular, cooking.
That means plenty of brunch reservations and big business for restaurants.
"It's one of the biggest days of the year. I think it's busier than New Years or even Christmas, and Valentine's Day," said Sydney Hunter, Chef at Cafe Pinot.
At Cafe Pinot, the Mother's Day menu started coming together a couple of months ago.
"I think the thing that is most important is what kind of seasonal ingredients that we want to use. What kind of food we want to produce in the restaurant that represents us, and what makes everybody's mother happy," Hunter said.
"Right now, my Cafe Pinot salad that I'm making is very popular, as well, and we just recently put on a Hamachi dish that's very popular."
Mother's Day also offers eateries a chance to show off their talents to a different clientele.
"You get a lot of people who are looking for a place for Mother's Day," Hunter said, "and we are getting new diners that have never experienced a restaurant like this before."
So, for Hunter, it's about adding a dash of creativity to the menu.
"When they came in it didn't feel like they were getting the same typical food every single time you go to a Mother's Day," Hunter said.
As for getting a reservation, generally the nicer the establishment, the faster it books up.
"My word of advice is start early," Hunter said.