CHAPTER 36 BUFFET PRESENTATION The gentle art of

CHAPTER 36 BUFFET PRESENTATION The gentle art of

CHAPTER 36 BUFFET PRESENTATION The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people and warms the heart Samuel Chamberlain 1895-1975 On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Buffet Presentation

A buffet offers all dishes from a selected menu in a single attractive setting A buffet offers food service professionals the opportunity to exercise their creativity by identifying themes, and then creating menus, displays, and decorations with these themes in mind On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 HYATT SCOTTSDALE

On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Planning the Buffet Buffets must be carefully designed to provide food from a planned menu in an attractive fashion to a given number of people within a specified time Requires a collaborative effort among the chef, catering staff, dining room manager,

and banquet manager On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Planning the Buffet

The theme sets the tone of the event The theme will define the menu, decorations, props, linens, and dinnerware The theme can also define the music, lighting, and wait staff uniforms Can be accomplished for any meal period but lends itself best to lunches and dinners On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Consider These Points

Offer dishes with different principal ingredients Offer foods cooked by different methods Offer foods with different colors Offer foods with different textures Consider the costs Remember everything offered should be within the budget On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458

On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Designing the Buffet After the Theme is Set Allocate space in the garden, patio, or other space provided Depending on the function , there must be space for bars, a dance floor, a stage, a podium, and equipment The number of diners is critical

As a rule, a single sided buffet can comfortably serve 50-75 people On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Flow for a Single-Sided Buffet On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc.

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Designing the Buffet After the Theme is Set If you have more than 75 people you should have two service lines The use of stations or groupings of similar menu items in different areas is also a consideration On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc.

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Two Flow Lines On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Arranging Food on Buffets Consider These Items

Flow Spacing Reach Accompaniments Centerpieces Decorations Labels

On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Arranging Food on Serving Pieces Hot food will be presented in chafing dishes while room-temperature foods are placed on platters, bowls, mirrors, or trays You have to consider the food on trays, platters, and bowls for

Height Pattern Color Texture or shape Negative space On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause

2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Presenting and Maintaining the Buffet A common problem is overproduction As a simple rule, one pound of food per person is far from foolproof but is a starting point Entre item - 6 ounces Starch - 4 ounces Vegetables - 4 ounces Accompaniments 1 to 2 ounces Dessert - 2 inches (Depending on the kind of dessert)

On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Presenting Hot Foods Presenting hot foods on a buffet is challenging Consider Safety Sanitation Presentation concerns

Serve foods that hold temperature well Cook and serve small batches of foods On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Presenting Hot Foods Consider Sauces in the pans help keep the foods moist and hot Keep the chafing dishes closed when not serving

Watch the use of heat lamps There is always a fear of someone getting burned On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458 Presenting Cold Foods Watch temperatures Replenish ice often Serving platters have to be exchanged often to keep the food appealing

Remember to avoid mixing temperature sensitive foods with potentially hazardous foods The wait staff has to be vigilant in removing soiled dishes and replenishing table items (water, tea, silverware, etc.) On Cooking, 3rd Edition Sarah R. Labensky, and Alan M. Hause 2003 Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458

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