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Prix Fixe Menu

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Prix Fixe literally means fixed price. It is a French term that refers to a type of limited menu featuring a pre-selected list of dishes at a set price.

What is a Prix Fixe Menu?

The most common type of prix fixe menu is a multi-course meal with a set price. A prix fixe menu may include an appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert all for a set price per person. Prix fixe options may include just one menu selection or a few different menu selections. While prix fixe menus are very common in Europe, most American restaurants use them only occasionally, if at all.

Why Use a Prix Fixe Menu?

Serving a prix fixe menu during busy days like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or New Years Eve, can help keep the kitchen stay under control. It allows the cooks to better prepare for a busy shift and can help keep a restaurant running smoothly. A prix menu can be run along with your regular menu.

A prix fixe menu can also double for a weeknight promotion. For example, a restaurant may try offering a pre-selected meal at a set price every Monday night as a way to bring in business during an otherwise slow time of the week. A sample Monday night prix fixe menu could include an appetizer of oysters on a half shell, followed by an endive salad and entrée of Chicken Marsala. Crème brulee for dessert could round out this French-inspired prix fixe meal. This prix fixe menu could change weekly, to entice customers back for a new dining experience at an affordable price. Next week’s prix fixe menu could be an Italian theme, followed by a Caribbean theme or a Greek theme, and so on.

How Do I Write a Prix Fixe Menu?

There are no set rules to choosing foods for a prix fix menu. It can reflect your regular menu; perhaps a slightly dressed up version of house favorites. Or it can be a group of new special you want to try out.

Usually a prix fixe menu is printed on a single sheet of paper rather than inserted into a menu jacket. Be sure to use good quality paper and a font that is large enough to read. Include your restaurant’s name at the top. Each dish should have a brief description (one or two sentences). Avoid using clip art or other pictures. Simple is best.

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