|Re: food service||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: TomMOENCH (TomMOENCHaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 21 May 94 13:03 CDT|
Judy Baxter wrote: Since everyone is so quiet, I'll ask a question, especially for those of you already living in CoHousing. What is your experience of buffet/cafeteria style vs family style (each table gets serving bowls, platters, etc). I have been away from Cohousing-L for some time and having a dickens of a time catching up. This seemed a good place to jump in. We in the Winslow Group have 30 households with 49 adults and 28 children. We must range from 25- 45 per meal (although we had a great sit down passover seder of 65). We are similar to Muir Commons and I would concur with most of what David Hungerford shared. To elaborate, we had a steam table and served cafeteria as well as family style for the better part of two years. In our relentless attempt to make our common house work better we engaged Chuck Durrett who helped us focus on our kitchen/dining relationship. Six months later we got around to finishing the programming, sold the steam table, and ended the cafeteria approach. Now we do either primarily family style with some buffet. We set the tables beforehand with silverware, plates, glasses, and beverages. Family style is, well, family style. For buffet style you go get your plate off the table and get your grub at the buffet. For me personally it is much nicer to come into the dining room all set up (not so with cafeteria style). As a cook family style/buffet seems as easy if not easier than cafeteria style. Clean-up-wise, I find family/buffet much easier than cafeteria (those awful steam table pans to scrap). And by having people sitting down to family style dinner there is less traffic, noise, disturbance, and spilled messes than with cafeteria or buffet style.
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