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Menu Structure

Learn about the structure of a menu, best practices, and terminology when managing your menu.

In this lesson you will:

  1. Learn about menu structure
  2. Learn about best practices when inputting your menu
  3. Learn about menu terminology


The trof menu structure is based around Products and Categories. On a basic level, if we were talking about Pizzas, your Category would be "Pizzas" and your Product would be "Margherita Pizza". When creating your menu you set up Categories first, then put Products inside those Categories.


A Product is a specific item on your menu, Products can have Variations and Add-Ons (we'll get to that...)


Categories are used to organise the menu by grouping Products together to allow them to be displayed along side each other in the menu. They are also used to allow assignment of Add-Ons that are relevant to a group of similar products. For example, offering crisps with all draft beer, or to offer tonic’s with all gins.


Add-Ons are items which are complementary to the main Product, but that are not required to be selected. They could be options associated to the main Product with no cost, such as ‘No Ice’ or ‘Ketchup’ , they may also have a cost associated with them for example to add onion rings with a burger.


Variations are Products which can be served in a variety of ways, an example would be a Burger, which could have a Variation of ‘with fries’ and another Variation of ‘with salad’ giving the customer a choice of how the product is served. The price associated with a Variation is the total cost of the Product with the Variation. So a burger may be £8, but a Variation of ‘with fries’ might be £10.

A flow chart of the Menu Structure.

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