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table d'hôte

A set multi-course menu in which a limited number of food items are offered for a fixed total price. Taken from French meaning literally "table of the host." Most wedding reception meals are table d'hôte to make it easier for the kitchen and waitstaff.
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table d'hôte

A set menu at a fixed price. Back in the days when America's idea of gracious dining was French cuisine (and therefore French terminology), upscale restaurants offered two choices in the way diners could order meals. One, which survives, is a là carte, where dishes were ordered and paid for individually. The other was table d'hôte (literally, the host's table). That was a set menu offering little or no choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and all for a fixed amount of money. Table d'hôte had its origin in the days when travelers stopped at an inn and dined on whatever the innkeeper's wife was serving as the family dinner. The idea continues as prix fixe (fixed price) meals, for only rarely if ever and even at French restaurants will you find the phrase “table d'hôte” on a menu.
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Mrs Diner, who ordered from the table d'hote, was given a weird glass of tequila sunrise as a palate cleanser between courses (it had the opposite effect on her palate), whereas I, eating from the more expensive a la carte, was offered none.
Winners: three prizes of two nights in a deluxe room, table d'hote dinner, and full English breakfast both mornings.
4) The Table d'Hote at the Village Grande Nature Chic-Chocs offers spectacular desserts in the French tradition.
During winter months the Table D'hote menu is also served in the Carvery.
Rates include accommodation and breakfast and table d'hote dinner on the first night.
The Emerald Isle visit includes seven nights lodging, breakfasts daily, seven nights of hotel accommodations, three table d'hote dinners, dinners and entertainment at Taylor's Three Rock and Kate Kearney's Cottage, Irish coffee at Dromoland Castle, and a guided tour of Dublin.
A compact menu of 11 starters, eight entrees and two prix-fixe meals denote reasonable pricing - $5 to $9 for beginnings, $15 to $19 for main courses, $5 for desserts and two four-course, table d'hote dinners at $30 and $38.
Then he rose, recited the following poem with a Peter O'Toole-style flourish, and quickly departed: Damn their food and damn their wines, Their twisted loaves and pregnant vines, Their table d'hote, their a la carte, Their land, their history, their art Tell them they can keep their lot, Take each single thing they've got, Their boutiques, land, dames and power, And stick 'em up their Eiffel Tower.
And, according to PROMAR, family eating will become much more a la carte as the table d'hote of the family meal starts to disappear from the dinner tables of Europe (particularly northern Europe), having a profound effect on meal sizes and components [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED].
You will enjoy a three–course table d'hote dinner with a bottle of house wine in the Glenskirlie House Restaurant.
It's said that the early bird catches the juiciest worms, so with that in mind my husband Hugh and I decided to Taste Test the hotel's table d'hote dinner, which operates between 5.
They've dispensed with the table d'hote that made you feel like an interloper at Fawlty Towers, and instead offer an inviting, interesting and inventive menu.
You get a gorgeous large room, a table d'hote dinner, a legendary Gleneagles breakfast, plus full use of the refurbished Gleneagles club facilities.
The staff made their choice from the standard table d'hote menu and also had their morning coffee and afternoon tea there.
The River Grille is promoting "three courses for the price of two" from its table d'hote menu for all those who order between 5.