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Waiter! The ______, please!

When Venture first launched in 1985, one stated goal was to be a TV version of the Wall Street Journal's front page: lively, lucid and wide-ranging. It's about business, but it's not just for businessmen and businesswomen. Venture covered all the aspects of the economy in Canada and beyond: prices, profits, personnel, innovation and ideas as they affect any business. From farms to fishing boats, boardrooms to barbershops, Venture was about the business of making a living.

Dinner's over, and you're ready to pay. You're trying to catch the server's eye, but what do you ask for? There's no shortage of possibilities. Across countries and cultures, there seems little agreement what to call the thing that your meal's price is printed on. Venture takes an informal poll on what we should call that thing.
• A Florida man was charged with burglary and theft in 2003 after robbing a bank when he realized he couldn't pay his restaurant bill (check?). He walked to a nearby bank and threw a garbage can through the window. The restaurant manager called the police, who found the man rummaging through cash drawers.

• According to a 2007 article in Forbes magazine, North America's priciest restaurant is New York's Masa, where the prix fixe menu starts at $300 US per person.
Medium: Television
Program: Venture
Broadcast Date: Feb. 11, 1985
Host: Patrick Watson
Duration: 2:59

Last updated: January 26, 2012

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