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Our Menus here are for your perusal and guidance. Remember, our Chef will be available to guide you on choice and cost to enable you to achieve a positive outcome thereby ensuring your special day is one to remember for you and your guests.

Wedding Party Sample Menu

Special Occasion Buffet

Cocktail Party Menu

Function Menu

 

Did you know…

Menus, as a list of prepared foods, have been discovered dating back to the Song Dynasty in China. In the larger populated cities of the time, merchants found a way to cater to busy customers who had little time or energy to prepare food during the evening. The variation in Chinese cuisine from different regions led caterers to create a list or menu for their patrons.

The word “menu,” like much of the terminology of cuisine, is French in origin. It ultimately derives from Latin “minutus,” something made small; in French it came to be applied to a detailed list or résumé of any kind. The original menus that offered consumers choices were prepared on a small chalkboard, in French a carte; so foods chosen from a bill of fare are described as “à la carte,” “according to the board.”

The contemporary menu first appeared in France during the second half of the eighteenth century, or The Romantic Age. Prior to this time eating establishments or table d’hôte served dishes that were chosen by the chef or proprietors. Customers ate what the house was serving that day, as in contemporary banquets or buffets and meals were served from a common table. The establishment of restaurants and restaurant menus allowed customers to choose from a list of unseen dishes, which were produced to order according to the customer’s selection. A table d’hôte establishment charged its customers a fixed price; the menu allowed customers to spend as much or as little money as they chose.

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