According to lifescript - Buffet food service is extremely popular in modern American culture. From the all-you-can-eat to the cafeteria-style to the simple salad bar, we love the quick service and freedom of choice that buffets provide.
There is much that you probably do not about this American icon though.
Provided here are some interesting facts about the most popular buffet foods of today. Read on to learn more about your favorites!
History of the Buffet
The concept of eating a buffet arose in mid 17th century France, when gentleman callers would arrive at the homes of ladies they wanted to woo unexpectedly. Their surprise arrival would throw the kitchen staff in to a panic and the only food that could be served was a selection of what was found in the cold room.
The buffet was popularized in 18th century France and quickly spread throughout Europe. The word first applied simply to the piece of furniture, also called a sideboard that held the food, but later grew to include the food itself.
The practicality of buffet service contributed to its popularity even among the wealthy, who boasted a houseful of servants. Changing ideas about personal privacy also made the buffet concept popular, particularly at breakfast time.
The concept eventually spread to the United States, where household staffs were generally more limited in number. By serving food buffet-style, a hostess could entertain many more guests with the same number of staff members.
The all-you-can-eat buffet made its restaurant debut in 1946, when it was introduced by Vegas hotel manager Herb MacDonald. The idea spread like wildfire, and by the mid-1960s, virtually every casino in Las Vegas sported its own variation.
Today the casino buffet costs a bit more than the average $1.50 price of the 1960s, but the buffets continue to be one of the best deals in Vegas as well as all over the United States.