BUFFET• A counter or table from which meals or refreshments are served.• A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.http://www.thefreedictionary.com/buffet
Reasons for preference for buffet meals •Waiting-on-the-table duties are reduced for the host •Larger no. of guests can be accomodated
Details of the service are as follows • A buffet is a dining table or other suitable surface, that will accommodate a stack of plates and serving dishes of food.• Guest are invited to servethemselves at the buffet
• Guests dine according to thearrangements namely: • Dining may be at the table, which is fully set with all appointments except dinner plate • The hostess may provide each guest with a tray that holds the plates and beverages which the guests place on their laps • May sit on chairs and eat from the plate held in hand or placed on the lap
Details of the service are as follows (cont..)•The menu for a buffet meal must be planned.•There must be plenty of table space
Specific Suggestions for setting the buffet table1. It may be covered with a cloth.2. Flowers or other decorations may be taller and larger in scale.3. Use dinner plate for the buffet meal.4. Arrange the dishes in decreasing order of importance in the meal.5. Invite someone to assist in serving.6. Do not enclose the flatware in a napkin.7. Put the glasses of water on a tray or another table. Water should be the last item in the buffet setting.
Steps in the Management of the buffetmeal1. Planning the dining arrangements2. Planning the menu3. Setting the buffet table4. Planning for service
Plan for Dining• Three Patterns for dining • Table service • Tray service • Plate service
Planning the Buffet Menu• Special considerations require that dishes be easy to self- serve and easy to eat.• When guest are to dine from trays, the hostess may offer almost any meats she chooses. Meats should be fork tender.• Dishes must be free from sauces and juices that can drip as bites of food are lifted to the mouth.• Food must be fork cuttable, and all bread should have been buttered for this service.• Casserole dishes containing meat, potatoes and vegetables are good choices for the buffet menu.
Planning the Buffet Menu1. Prepare some dishes in advance. Some on the day of the meal.2. Remember the capacity of your oven.3. All foods to be eaten from the plate held in the hand, except finger foods, can be cut with fork; have the bread buttered.4. Avoid dishes with thin sauces or dressings that may spatter during serving or eating.5. Plan so that most, if not all, hot dishes can be finally heated in casseroles or other heat-holding containers6. More than enough of everything should be provided.
Setting the Buffet TableIt must be covered with a cloth.Provide 18 inch or larger napkinsFloral or other decorations may be taller and larger in scale on the buffet than on the conventional dining table.Limit plates, cups and saucers, wine glass, tumblers, flatwares and napkins on the table at any one time to the number of scale in the table.Use the ten and one-half to eleven0inch dinnerplate to accommodate all the food of the main course.Place the salad last on the buffet, bowls beside it.Serving a roast or a bird, it must be carved at the buffet or in the kitchen.
You may invite someone to assist you.Whenever flatware and napkins are required, place them beyond the food.Put the glasses of water or other beverages on a tray.Coffee is often served with both courses of the buffet meal.Set the beverage service very carefully, whenever you expect a guest to pour for himself. Leave a near area empty so that the filled plate can be set down for those who wish to do so.
Removal of the Main Course1. Table is cleared, dessert is served.2. When dining has been at card tables: Covers at card tables can be cleared in the conventional fashion; or the guest may be asked to take his plate and leave it on a designated tray or table-on-wheels as he goes to the dessert buffet.3. (Plain-in-hand style) hostess or host may take the plates and place them on a table-on-wheels or a tray and remove them to the kitchen.4. (dining from trays) Use a table-on-wheels to collect the plates. Clear the covers of persons dining at individual tables.
Serving the Dessert Course• Place a single dessert offering on the buffet with serving tools.• Place the desserts, when more than one is offered, at intervals on the buffet.• Serve the dessert and the beverage to persons dining from trays from a table-on-wheels• Serve the beverage to guests dining at your dining table from the table.• Refill beverage cups.• Set up a beverage service in the dining area and permit guests to wait on themselves for beverages whenever space for moving about permits.
Final clearance• (At the dining table) clear the table or leave it uncleared, depending on whether or not it is visible from the living area.• (At the card tables) clear the table by using table-on-wheels.• (Individual table) clear as in (2)• (dined from trays) permit someone to assist you by removing the trays to the kitchen as you stack and so on.• (from a plate on hand) use a table-on-wheels and remove plates, cups, and saucers and glasses to the kitchen.