A family buffet can be a wonderful occasion! follow these simple 5 tips to ensure the clan is happy :)
1) Open the gate
When greeted with food, we as humans tend to follow each other in a herd like mentality. With this in mind - create a starting point, an end point and a little space at both ends for chatting, so the line doesn't get jammed up too much.
2) Simple fare is the best
Uncle Jim loves his Moroccan spiced lentil & chia seed burgers although the rest of the gang may not. When cooking for a group of people, it's often wise to keep to the tried and tested recipes as the main attraction with slightly daring inclusions scattered throughout.
3) Drinks over there
Placing drinks on the same table as the rest of your food can make for a little chaotic event. moving them to a separate table ensures it's easy for people to swing by and refill their glass, without pressing through the buffet line. You also want it near the kitchen, as jugs of water and pots of coffee are heavier (usually) than food trays, and more prone to spillage.
Having multiple stacks of napkins, plates, cutlery and food items ensures that no one gets that feeling of waiting. It also makes it a lot safer to transport if you've been left to set-up by yourself!
5) Every superhero needs a sidekick
Pick out one from the herd and ask if they can watch out for items getting low or the accidental spillage. Having assistance for the 20 min it takes for your loved ones to "lovingly" decimate your culinary creations will ease the stress.
Biggest tip: Have fun :)
Chef Raymond Eric
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