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Differentiate between banquet and restaurant – Hotel Management | Grade XI

Chapter – 4: Food and Beverage Service

Short Answer Questions

  1. Differentiate between banquet and restaurant. [5]

Ans: The food and beverage service department of a hotel is the most labour-intensive department. As per the size, specialization, types of service the hotel offer food and beverage from different section. The section from where food and beverage is served is known as outlets. Type of outlet and number and service depends upon the size and type of hotel.

  • Banquets: Banquet means formal ceremonial feasts, which involves a luxurious management and lavish expenditure. This outlet is usually the largest revenue-earning outlet in the food and beverage service department. It serves food and beverage for a gathering of people at special functions such as weddings, parties, receptions, cocktail dinners, seminars, conferences, meetings, etc.
  • Restaurant: This is the regular restaurant of a hotel food is served. In high class hotel they are also known as Fine Dining Restaurant. Service in a fine dining restaurant are formal and stylish. Depending on the size and service a hotel may have several restaurant specialized for different type of food and service.
  1. Explain the Food and Beverage service outlets. [5]

Ans: The food and beverage service department of a hotel is the most labour-intensive department. As per the size, specialization, types of service the hotel offer food and beverage from different section. The section from where food and beverage is served is known as outlets. Type of outlet and number and service depends upon the size and type of hotel.

  • Banquets: Banquets means formal ceremonial feasts, which involves a luxurious management and lavish expenditure. This outlet is usually the largest revenue-earning outlet in the food and beverage service department. It serves food and beverage for a gathering of people at special functions such as wedding, parties, receptions, cocktail dinners, seminars, conferences, meeting, etc.
  • Coffee Shop: Coffee shops in luxury hotel are open twenty-four hours for service. It generally serves pre-plated food, that is the food ready in the plate to be served. The prices in this outlet are usually not as high as in a fine dining restaurant in the hotel.
  • Fine dining restaurant: This is the regular restaurant. Service in a fine dining service a hotel may have several restaurant specialized for different types of food and service.
  • Room Service: This outlet is an integral part of the food and beverage service department. In every luxury hotel this unit is functional round the clock. The menu is often a simplified version of what is available in the coffee-shops, with prices slightly higher to compensate the higher overheads in terms of staff and equipment.
  • Bar and Pubs: It is a place where alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are displayed for sale. The word bar appeared in French in 1837, which meant the counter itself.
  • Pastry or Baker’s Shop: This outlet serves pastry and cakes to both in-house and non-resident guests. This is getting very popular nowadays in high-class hotels. It is normally located in the lobby area of the hotel where outsiders and in-house guests will have easy excess as most of the business in this outlet is in the form of take-away.

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