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Package

A special offering of products and services created by a hotel to increase sales. There are weekend packages, honeymoon packages, sports packages, and so on. A typical package might, for a special price, include the guest room, meals, and the use of the property's recreational facilities.

Package Tour

A tour put together by a tour packager or operator. Travellers who buy the package make the trips by themselves rather than with a large group. 

Pageboy

The pageboy is to give services to guests at the front of the house. Generally, the Pageboy would walk to various points where guests are expected to sit.

Paillettes

Refers to cheese straws as served with some soups, such as turtle soup.

Palmier

Biscuit made of puff pastry in the form of a palm leaf.

Pan Fry

Pan-Fry - To cook a food item in a moderate amount of fat or oil.

Synonyms - Pan-Fry
Papillote

Papillote - French term denoting the cooking of an item wrapped in paper or possible foil.

Papillote

An item finished to cook in a paper case so that it expands and turns brown in the oven.

PAR

The Potential Avg. Rate (PAR) is a collective statistics that combines the potential average rate, multiple occupancy percentages and the rate spread.

Synonyms - PARS, PARD
Par Boil

Par-boil - To partially cook in simmering or boiling the liquid.

Synonyms - Par-Boil
Par Number

Par Number: A multiple of the standard quantity of a particular inventory item that represents the quantity of the item that must be on hand to support daily routine housekeeping operations.

Par-Cook

Par-cook - To cook partially by any method.

Synonyms - Par Cook
Parfait

Light rich mixture such as foie gras, ice cream, etc.

Parma ham

Cured ham eaten raw as an hors-d’oeuvre when cut into wafer thin slices.

Parmesan

Very hard cheese with a sharp flavour, nearly always used grated for sprinkling over pasta dishes.