How to add new items to Bento Ordering
Log into the BentoBox backend and navigate to the Online Ordering section.
Go to MANAGE MENU > Items.
Click the ‘Add New’ button at the top right to add details for a new menu item.
Here are the details you can add for each menu item:
Item Name: This is what the item will be called within the BentoBox backend, and what your guests will see on menus if you do not add an item display name (keep reading).
Item Display Name: Optional. If you set this, it becomes the name that your guests see when the item appears in your Bento Ordering store on your website.
Description: This will appear in your Bento Ordering store for your guests to see, to give them more information on an item.
Menus: This where you will later see all of the menus that this item is associated with.
Item Image: Optional. If you add an image of your item here, it will show up in your Bento Ordering store. Images should be at least 1800px wide and 1260 px tall. Learn more about photography specs here).
Item Price: This is the price that will display for your item when it is listed in your Bento Ordering store. It is the base price for this item before the use of any modifiers.
Tax Category: Some items have special tax distinctions that may depend on your local laws.
After adding any of the fields above, click the “Save” button to successfully add the item.
This is how items look in the front-end:
How to add item modifiers to items
Item modifiers provide optional or required customizations to menu items for your guests.
For example, you might decide that you want your guests to have the option to add chicken, steak, or tofu to a salad item. Or you could require a filling be added to a taco selection.
Modifiers live at the menu item level of Bento Ordering. You can view or edit them in MANAGE MENUS > Items > Item Modifiers section.
Modifier Name: This is the name that will show to your guests within your store menu.
Help Text: Optional. Enter a brief description in this field to help your guests make a decision (i.e. “Please choose at least one topping.”).
Number of Choices Allowed: Set the lowest and highest number of choices that can be selected.
Example 1: If you have 3 choices of bread for a sandwich, you would want to input a value of “1” for both “At Least” and “At Most” followed by the three types within modifier option. This would translate to requiring your guest to choose only 1 bread type from 3 options.
Example 2: If you have a burger item, you may have a modifier called “Cheese” with a few options like “Swiss” or “cheddar”. Since cheese may be optional for a burger, you would input a value of “0” for “At Least” and a value of “1” for “At Most”. This would translate to having cheese be optional on the burger, with a maximum choice of 1 option for Cheese.
Modifier Options: Add the individual values for modifiers and any price variances. These prices will be totalled across modifier choices, then combined with the item price before being added to cart. For example, if a burger is $10 and then Swiss cheese is $1 but cheddar cheese is $1.50, someone’s order would total to $11 before taxes if they choose Swiss cheese on their burger.
How to add dietary restrictions to menu items
For each menu item, you have the ability to add dietary information across 4 categories. All choices are optional. See below for the categories and their options:
Spice Rating: Indicates if an item is “Spicy” or not
Dietary Type: Includes vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal, organic
Allergens: Includes dairy, peanut free, egg, shellfish free, fish, soy free, dairy free, tree nut, egg free, wheat, fish free, peanut, tree nut free, shellfish, gluten free, soy, soy free
Calories: Add a number amount to show calories