How to Create a Food Menu


An effective food menu is well organized, descriptive and current. Arranging food selections by course will guide diners through the menu in chronological order. A food menu with accurate descriptions can help to limit questions and reduce the amount of food returned to the kitchen. Updating a food menu regularly reduces diner frustration and allows for specials and promotions to be added. Create a well-arranged food menu that successfully entices and informs the people you serve.

Things You'll Need

  • Desktop publishing program (Microsoft Publisher, Print Shop Deluxe, Print Artist)
  • Digital camera (optional)
  • Printer
  • Type out a basic food menu structure using a desktop publishing program. Create headings for beverages, appetizers, soups and salads, main course and dessert.

  • Select an easy-to-read font that reflects the style of your restaurant.

  • Fill in each section with available dish titles and full descriptions that include the major ingredients. You may also choose to add well-lit pictures of the food.

  • Update the food menu with any changes, specials or promotions before each service. Consult with the chef to make sure the food menu accurately describes the available offerings.

  • Print the food menu on plain white or other solid color paper so it is easy to read.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the color of entree titles to reflect the protein. For example, beef dishes can be printed in red, chicken in yellow, seafood in blue and vegetarian dishes in green.
  • Add drink pairing suggestions under entree descriptions to further aid diners in making their selection.

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