How to Make a Paper Menu to Sell Dinners

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Paper menus can be sleek and simple.
Paper menus can be sleek and simple. (Image: menu knife and fork image by Warren Millar from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

The basic purpose of a menu is to inform and entice. Menus should convey to customers what is available to order while also creating a craving for the items listed. A menu does not have to be elaborate or expensive to be effective. It only has to grab a customer’s attention long enough to create interest in the food.

Type the food categories you intend to include on your menu. These are categories such as “appetizers,” “entrees,” “side items” and “desserts”. These will serve as headers for your menu items and should be typed in a bold print or underlined. The headers serve as a guide to your menu so that customers know exactly where to look for each type of food.

Use a computer to create a paper menu.
Use a computer to create a paper menu. (Image: computer keyboard image by Tom Curtis from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

List each food item under the appropriate category. The name of the item should be listed first. Beneath the name, you may list any additional facts about the food such as side items included, ingredients used, and how it is prepared.

List any special items that come with the food.
List any special items that come with the food. (Image: food image by stefano campello from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Indicate the price you would like to charge next to each menu item. When determining a price, you should consider the cost of the ingredients and labor, and the profit you would like to make. Additionally, you should consider the average prices other eateries charge for a comparable meal. Next to the actual food, price is a very important factor when customers are deciding whether to order from a menu.

Carefullly consider the price of your food.
Carefullly consider the price of your food. (Image: icon,dollar, $, currency, us dollar image by creative from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Proofread your menu to check for mistakes. Mistakes can include missing, misspelled, omitted or repeated words and incorrect prices. Make sure you have included all of the food you intend to serve and have indicated a price for each item.

Editing is an important step in creating a menu.
Editing is an important step in creating a menu. (Image: Hand on Mouse - Using the Computer image by evillager from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Print a single copy of your menu in order to see how it looks. Again check for any mistakes or formatting issues. This prevents printing several menus only to see a type post-printing. If the menu meets your satisfaction, print the remainder.

After it is printed, your menu is ready to distribute.
After it is printed, your menu is ready to distribute. (Image: restaurant menu design image by Aleksej Kostin from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

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