Today, I start the A-Z Challenge – April 2015. One 30-day month, minus Sundays. 26 Alphabets. A word for anything and everything related to cuisines, kitchen, chefs, cooking so on and so forth. I will be going on a journey of culinary delites starting today and hope that you all will join me in! April 2015 will be dealing with almost all the terms, ingredients and dishes we hear so often but have no or little knowledge about! In addition a special thanks to Arlee Bird for bringing this to us. I’m so looking forward to this month of April.
A is for À la Carte! Yes á la carte, which essentially means according to the card – the menu card that is. French phrase originally, it has been adopted in the English language with such an ease that I am sure almost all of us talk about it casually. So what does this French signify?
We all know that it means cuisines according to the menu of any restaurant but do we know that there is more to this phrase? According to Dictionary.com the phrase a la carte means having dishes listed separately and individually priced in the menu. And according to Wikipedia À la carte is used in reference to a menu of items priced and ordered separately. So basically it means that when we order something that is not a part of set meal we say that we ordered a la carte. For instance if we ordered steak without the potatoes and vegetables then steak is à la carte!
Apparently the phrase was adopted into English language in 1826 and since then has been used by almost all the restaurants all over the world. Interestingly the phrase was adopted almost ten years before another French loanword Menu came into English language.
I guess now we know what á la carte lunch or dinner is, let’s have a good time relishing our meals.