One of several new features in our upcoming May 2011 release is the ability to track the actual consumption of menu items (also known as “Function Items”) during a catering event. You’re now able to enter how many items were served as opposed to simply tracking how many items were ordered on the group’s banquet event order (BEO).
Once consumption is entered for each item, you can generate a Banquet Check, using the same Google Docs option that you use for creating BEOs and Event Contracts.
Several other function item-related features have found their way into this release. Many of our clients have been asking for additional ways to categorize Service Items. In addition to tracking item types (such as Food & Beverage) and item categories (such as Food, Beverage, Liquor, etc.), you can now create sub-categories (Hors d’Oeuvres anyone?)
To make it even easier to sort through multiple menu items on a function, we’ve added the ability to sort through function items by simply clicking on the column header for item name, category, sub-category, quantity, price and service times.
And last but not least, we’ve implemented support for Open Items by allowing users to add ad-hoc items to functions and simply edit item’s name, price and description right there on the fly, without the need to make changes to item configuration.
The May 2011 release will be generally available on May 9th, with Libra OnDemand managed package versions starting from 1.164 and up.