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15 Tips For Better Buffet Behavior

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Serving buffet-style is practical, and some say, an easier way of serving your guests. It is especially efficient when serving a large crowd. Buffet style should not be confused with an all-you-can-eat buffet.

  • Buffet-style: a pre-determined portion is prepared for each guest.
  • All-you-can-eat buffet: the food will be replenished, thereby allowing guests to limitlessly serve themselves.


What is the grossest buffet behavior you've witnessed? For me, it was the finger-dipp'n and lick'n woman; tasting every salad dressing available.

Here are 15 Tips For Better Buffet Behavior

1. Do not attack the buffet; approach it.
2. Do not attempt to get ahead of anyone; don't break up families, couples, or groups.
3. Be aware of two-sided service buffets.
4. Large groups; consider allowing others to go ahead of you.
5. Keep the line moving: stay off your phone, don't turn your back
6. Never-ever serve yourself with your fingers. Use serving utensils
7. Never taste-test while in line.
8. Do not overload your plate, especially if that item is in short supply.
9. Do not reach across or go back to particular dish once you've passed—unless it's a fork, knife or napkin. Say, "Excuse me please, I forgot to take a fork. Thank you."
10. Never-ever lick your fingers!
11. If someone steps in line (takes cuts), calmly and politely inform them and gesture to the back of the line.
12. Step away if you must sneeze or cough.
13. Just because the sign says, "All you can eat.", it doesn't mean you must.
14. Once you have served yourself, step away.
15. Be mindful of your conversation. Speak in a low voice.

Bon appetit!

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