house


In the world of food and drink, the word house refers to the restaurant or establishment at hand. For example: 1. House wine is one featured by a restaurant or bar and often served in a carafe or by the glass. Sometimes a winery does a special bottling and labels the wines for an establishment. House wines are usually inexpensive wines that offer the diner an economical option to the more pricey, better-known selections on the wine list. Ask the server what the house wine is — he or she should be able to tell you the variety (Chardonnay, Merlot and so on), brand name and vintage (if any). 2. House dressing is generally a salad dressing created by that restaurant's chef. 3. House brand typically refers to a liquor (usually inexpensive) that a bar uses for drinks unless a specific brand is requested. 4. On the house refers to an item given to the customer for free.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Gingerbread House

Some clever tips for creating the best gingerbread house on the block, courtesy of The Kitchen.

The White House Garden

See how the White House Garden is mapped out, plant by presidential plant.

The World's Easiest Gingerbread House

Follow these step-by-step instructions for how to make the world's easiest gingerbread house.

Caption It: The Director's in the House

We're challenging you, Food Network Star fans, to write your best captions for this sneak-peek photo from Sunday's new episode.

How to Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Follow Food Network's simple recipe and easy-to-follow tips for making a show-stopping gingerbread house from scratch.

Pass the Cheese and Cracker House

The holidays are filled with snowmen, cookies and, of course, gingerbread houses. At The Kitchen, we like to do things a little differently, so this year we're making a savory version of this holiday classic--it's The Kitchen's Cheese and Cracker House.

Vote for Your Favorite Gingerbread House

Food Network Magazine and HGTV Magazine went head-to-head in a gingerbread house contest. Vote for your favorite.