By: Karen Abbey   -  In: Uncategorized   -  0   Comments

Menu planning is one of the most complex aspects for foodservices for any organisation undertaking group catering. It is a central part of foodservices and meals, and foods provide a sense of great comfort and create a home-like environment in aged care. After all the kitchen and dining room is the centre of any home and food has a personal association for both young and the old.

What does menu planning mean and why is it important to get it right?

Menu planning is the process of taking foods and organising them onto a menu pattern. The menu pattern forms the skeletal structure of the menu indicating what meals will be served and when. The following link shows an example how menu patterns can be set up across the foodservice sector and may vary depending on clientele, type of budget, access to other food supplies and the type of service which foodservices will be running. There is no perfect menu pattern it is designed around what will be offered

Type of foodservices Hospital Aged care home Education organisations

(colleges, boarding schools)

Meals on wheels or community meals
Breakfast Hot breakfast

Cereals

Toast

Yogurt

Fruit

Fruit juices

 

Hot breakfast

Cereals

Toast

Yogurt

Fruit

Fruit juices

 

Hot breakfast

Cereals

Toast

Yogurt

Fruit

Fruit juices

Breakfast boxes/packs

 

(cereal, milk, juice, fruit)

Morning tea Baked item

Biscuit

Fruit

Choice of drinks

Homemade items or purchased

 

Choice of drinks

May or may not be provided May or may not be provided
Lunch Choice of hot meals

Pasta/rice

Sandwich

Salads

Soup

Dessert

Hot meal

Vegetables

Pasta/rice

Salads

Dessert

Hot meal

Vegetables

Sandwiches

Bread roll

Dessert

Fruit

Soup

Hot meal/salad

Dessert

Fruit

Bread roll

Afternoon tea Baked item

Biscuit

Fruit

Choice of drinks

Bakery items

Biscuit

Fruit

May of may not be provided May or may not be provided
Evening meal Choice of hot meals

Sandwich

Salads

Soup

Dessert

 

Choice of drinks

Soup

Hot entrée

Salad

Sandwiches

Dessert

 

Choice of drinks

Soup

Hot meal/salads

Vegetables

Bread roll

Dessert

Fruit

Choice of drinks

Evening meal packs

Or hot meal service

Supper Menu items

 

Choice of drinks

Biscuits

Sandwiches

Choice of drinks

May or may not be provided May or may not be provided

There are no rules to what a menu pattern should look like as it is based around what foodservices will be providing to meet the needs of clients/customer or residents.

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