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Can't get no satisfaction? ;-)

Posted By: Joe Ames
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002 at 8:41 a.m.

When preparing a meal for friends, family or customers, it’s important that they enjoy that feeling of “satisfaction” when the meal is over.

Here’s how it’s done.

An average man’s stomach capacity is 2 to 2 1/2 pounds
A woman’s is 1 to 1 1/2 pounds.

In order for your guests to reach that satisfaction stage you must design your menu accordingly, to reach the above capacities.

So, you must consider the weight of everything that passes their lips. Meat, sauces/gravies, vegetables, desserts, liquids, etc.

The cooked meat portion is usually only about 4 ounces.

The best way to achieve your goal is to garnish the non-meat foods to make them more appealing. Also, have plenty of liquids available with the meal, such as water, soft drinks, etc.

This technique is used in many popular restaurants, for example, big baskets of fresh baked sour dough bread with plenty of butter served at the California Fisherman’s Wharf restaurants.
An attractive salad and/or dessert bar at the all-you-can-eat places.

Large glasses of water served to you prior to placing your order at a restaurant.

Successful restaurateurs know that in order to have you feel good when you leave their establishment, they must fill you up. Meat is usually over half of the meal food cost, and less than 20% of the “satisfaction” point.

Any other "Tricks" ?




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