- Posted February 9, 2013 by
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Who taught you to love food?
A long line of food is a wonderful sight for food-lovers. Popular in casinos, hotel breakfasts, and even friendly neighborhood restaurants, buffets are where people go for casual or formal dining where they want a variety of food choices to choose from to satisfy their hunger or just to enjoy a whole lot of choices.
Here, customers help themselves to portions as food is displayed in a public area. Utensils and flatware may be placed in the table setting or included in the buffet table. Just like in sit-down meals, buffets have courses like soup, salad, appetizer, main course and dessert. Instead of reading from a menu and making a choice and portions controlled the food already there on display for the customer to see. There are no waiters to bring the food but the customer helps himself to his or her portions. Some buffets have staffed stations, where diners bring their plates and a server places a portion of food in it.
Aside from restaurants and hotels, buffets are also common in informal settings such as family reunions and holiday parties or in formal occasions such as weddings or birthdays. The food on display alone serves as a treat to the eyes as well as the senses. It’s perfect for serving a large number of people, as it has become the popular meal type for parties whether it be a big office party or a small house party.
Buffets need not be an entire meal. Salad bars, supermarkets, and soda fountains have buffets where a customer helps himself to portions from a wide array of choices and pay by weight. This is the case with salad bars or yogurt or ice-cream bars. This is different too from all-you-can-eat buffets, where there is a fixed price for a meal and the diner can help themselves to as much food as they want until the meal is over. This is very popular in hotels and casinos and sometimes, in restaurants. There are even buffets that have specific themes, like having a particular cuisine (Chinese food or Japanese food) or pizza-pasta or seafood and sometimes, even snacks like chips, dip, a few sandwiches, pizza, and some soda.
Buffets are enjoyed by both young and old. A variety of food displayed is certainly something to look forward to in every gathering or lunch excursion to a new restaurant. The choices are limitless so it’s all up to the diner to gather what he wants and enjoy it alone or in the company of friends and family.