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Aug 20, 2012 08:09 PM

Menu collections, anyone?

Ever since I started cooking, I have a thing for collecting menus. My favs are menus from different countries (i.e. pizza places in Australia) and B-n-B breakfast menus.
Anyone else have drawers full of hole-in-the-wall menus, fuel to keep the creativity flowing?

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  1. I have a few from actual physical places I have been...... but honestly...I just search the internet for them. That way I can get them from all over the globe with little effort and I can delete the items I am not interested in.

    1. My Dad has an interesting restaurant menu from 1949 , called the CHIC n COOP. What a revelation about price increases and food trends.

      1. I keep menus from 'special' restaurants that I've been to. I've even framed some so I can remember what a lovely time I had the night I dined. This is obviously a different use than what you state in your post.....

        1. From the time I was married (at 19) to the present day I have been collecting menus from independent Bed and Breakfast owners and hotel-based restaurants, but not independent or chain restaurants.

          A few years ago I took over a BnB and I've worked for a couple dozen hotels around the globe. The menus are a real collective of trends and inspiration (not to mention insight into budgets) that I treasure. The humor found in menus is also wonderful.


          If you ever get the chance, visit.

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          1. re: HillJ

            Thank you for those links, soooo cool! I never knew anything like that existed.... oh sheltered me :)

            1. re: kubasd

              My pleasure, kubasd. There are library collections for hotel menus, specifically in the UK as well.

            2. re: HillJ

              For UNLV you'll need to use their search engine under special collections.

              1. re: HillJ

                The nypl collection was discussed on The Splendid Table a while back

                1. re: HillJ

                  wow, that's wonderful - thank you!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks!

                    1. re: woelkaru

                      My pleasure. The best part of any collection is sharing the resources!


                    Also found this interesting CHOW video; an older Obsessives.

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                    1. re: HillJ

                      Thanks for sharing this - so interesting. Menu collecting is popular on E-bay - some selling for $500+.

                      1. re: EM23

                        I've attended auctions that included menus and restaurant memorabilia that went for thousands. EMS23, I've been collecting for 5 decades and I still learn new stuff all the time. My very first menu, before it reached collection "status" was the one from my very 1st hotel stay with my Grandmother who took me out for a weekend birthday celebration. She told me the menu was valuable, I was awestruck.