January 2, 2013

National Buffet Day

"I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of a Ouija board. You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it." - Stephen Wright

It's National Buffet Day!

According to Templeton the rat, “a fair [not “life”… though that’s applicable, too] is a veritable smorgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord ” and I tend to agree… especially today.

The concept of a buffet originated in Sweden (where smorgasboard translates to "table full of sandwiches" - it allowed guests the opportunity to try small bites of lots of different things). Quite a bit different than the cruise ship, Las Vegas, and Chinese food buffets we've come to know today where the name of the game is gluttony!

I’m no stranger to the “buffet”. My family gatherings were always epic affairs because there were so many people. It only made sense to serve food stuffs in giant containers (see tonight's photo!) where people could serve themselves whenever, whatever, and however much they wanted. It also taught me survival skills: if you wanted stuffed mushrooms you stalked the oven until the moment they were out. Then you filled your plate and fled the scene. You could always let them cool once they were in your possession, but if you waited too long when they hit our “buffet table” you risked the chance of not getting any at all.

Family Buffet Tactics 101, right there.

Whether you’re still eating holiday leftovers at home, attending a wedding or a party, or heading out to hit your local restaurant I hope you have a…

Happy National Buffet Day!