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How to Write a Dinner Menu Format

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether throwing a fancy dinner party or planning a new menu for your dining establishment, creating a clear and attention-getting dinner menu format is the first step toward making your offerings accessible to diners. Carefully plan your dinner menu format to ensure that the document provides information required to make a wise dining choice for those people ready to enjoy your tasty offerings.

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  1. Place a title at the top of your dinner menu. Select a simple and to-the-point title, such as "Dinner Menu." Or, create a more elaborate title that represents the seasonal inspirations and primary components of the menu contents, such as "Winter Feast Options."

  2. Divide your menu into course sections. Place these course sections in the order in which the courses should be eaten, putting the appetizers first, followed by the entrées and the desserts. When creating your sections, divide your menu into horizontal or vertical columns, or, if using a folded menu, dedicate one flap to each course.

  3. Label each section with a heading. Place the course headings in standard English or in a language representative of the food type that you are serving at your restaurant or dinner.

  4. List each item offered on the menu. Keep your food names concise, integrating only the key ingredients into the name to ensure that it doesn't become overly wordy.

  5. Place a description under each item. Include a listing of the primary flavour-creating components in each dish. Make your descriptions as appetizing as possible by infusing strong adjectives.

  6. Add prices if necessary. If hosting a dinner party, you can leave the prices off your menu.

  7. Note any allergens. Include a note below the description of each item that contains a common allergen such as nuts. If creating your menu for a dinner party, attempt to uncover information about allergies that your guests suffer from prior to the event so that you can ensure that you offer foods that meet their dietary restrictions.

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About the Author

Erin Schreiner

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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