Food is a culture everyone understands. It is a universal language because everybody acknowledges the importance of a good meal and great conversation. That explains why casual dining restaurants everywhere are always reinventing and updating their menus. No wonder so many cafés find chalkboard menus to be so helpful in attracting customers. Since food is a conversation starter, a café visit should start with a colorful and informative menu. And what better way to write a menu than with handy liquid chalk markers?
Chalkboard Menus Versus Printed Menus
It is no secret that a lot of restaurants are increasingly using local produce. They especially utilize whatever is in season and because it is fresh and readily available. This approach gives the house chefs the flexibility to choose the best menu for each day.
After buying the ingredients from the local market and planning the best dishes to cook for the day, though, those chefs need a way to announce their creations to the hungry public. It is so easy for the café crew to write down the day's special courses on chalkboard menus using liquid chalk markers. Using different colored markers, they can emphasize that today’s special is born of local produce and a fresh catch.
By comparison, it would take far too much of the staff's time and the café's resources to print new menus daily. Plus, such a waste of paper! It makes much more sense to have a number of chalkboards at the ready. Some restaurants actually equip each of their tables with a chalkboard menu and just need to write on them each morning using colorful liquid chalk markers. And if a certain dish is so popular that you run out of it, all you need is a red (or any color you prefer) chalkboard menu marker to cross out the food on the board so customers know they should come earlier next time!
Specialized Chalkboard Menus For Special Guests
I have seen cooking shows and reality TV shows where couples or VIPs are led to a special table and offered a special menu. This is such a great idea for special guests. Casual dining restaurants can create such magical occasions by picking out a group of customers each evening to be treated as "VIPs for the night." What better way to show off the special courses of the day than to display them at the VIP Table on a chalkboard menu, using colorful liquid chalk markers?
Use Chalkboard Menus As a Visual
You’ve seen restaurants offer paper menus with pictures on them. You can also use liquid chalk markers to draw on your chalkboard menu! It is a great way to show customers a visual of the food.
And sometimes, this is also a romantic way to propose. Most restaurants are keen to help with wedding proposals as long as they are informed of the plan ahead of time.
Imagine thinking you are about to be offered a menu for the next course. Instead, you are getting a surprise from your partner, with a drawing of a wedding ring and a proposal.
Food isn’t the only thing that needs to be displayed on a menu, however. Casual dining restaurants offer a very relaxed atmosphere and many of them offer wine and beer. In the same manner as it is used to show off the special courses for the day, a chalkboard menu can also be used to showcase the wine of the region. You can get creative and draw a bottle of wine, some grapes or some bubbles on your board.
Chalkboard drink menus are even more important if you have a casual dining restaurant with bar offerings far beyond wine. Customers would no longer need to ask the bartender what drinks are available that night. A chalkboard menu can simply showcase the draft beer options and any new drinks the bartenders have concocted.
Aren’t chalkboard menu for restaurants always a great idea? Creating these menus is easy on the budget and draws customers in with the creative drawings and surprise courses. So create one now and add that flair of creativity to your own business!