Ashland, OR (PRWEB) January 31, 2009
MustHaveMenus announced today that their 2009 Valentine's Day menu collection has been released online. The menus, designed to showcase a restaurant's special meal offerings for Valentine's Day, can help a small restaurant or café capture this day's profitable business.
"Valentine's Day may be scaled back this year because of the economy, but that is no reason for restaurants not to prepare for the most romantic day of the year," said Jim Williams, president of MustHaveMenus, provider of flexible, customizable menus for small restaurants and caterers. "We're proud to offer everything from elegant tasting menus to classic prix fixe menus featuring roses and hearts."
According to the National Restaurant Association, Valentine's Day is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the years for restaurants. Dinner out on Valentine's Day has become more than just a meal; it's become an event for two.
"Small restaurants and cafes have an advantage over the bigger chain restaurants: they are not bound by corporate policy," said Williams. "Events like Valentine's Day are really times for restaurants to set themselves apart with a customized menu."
New menu designs include the Elegant Valentine Menu, right at home in a fine restaurant and featuring space for special appetizers, entrees and desserts; the Love Birds Prix Fixe Menu, a fun, playful menu for prix fixe options; and the traditional Romantic Valentine's Day Menu, designed for a five course meal with wine pairings.
Offerings from the Valentine's Day menu collection are easily downloaded from MustHaveMenus' web site, and feature sample menu items which customers can use to inspire their own creations, or they can be completely replaced for the house specialties. All of MustHaveMenus' templates can be customized using popular desktop software.
In addition to Valentine's Day menus, MustHaveMenus provides a wide range of menu options, from casual café-style menus to bar menus, takeout menus and more. Food and restaurant graphics, images and backgrounds are available as well, to allow customers to custom create their own menu designs if they so choose.
Karen Sebastian, MustHaveMenus' contributing chef and restaurant insider, states that now is the time for small restaurants to offer not just value, but promotions as well.
"With large chain restaurants suffering and sales down across the board, it pays to offer the customer an event rather than just a meal," said Sebastian. "Making Valentine's Day an occasion, rather than just another steak dinner, will make the independent restaurant stand out."
Customers can browse the Valentine's Day menu collection or register for a free seven day trial by visiting http://www.musthavemenus.com. MustHaveMenus, part of Letters and Arts, Inc. web site, is dedicated to offering the highest quality menu templates and food art on the Internet.