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Throwing good food into the trash can

Today my church held its Christmas fellowship in an all-you-can eat buffet restaurant. The great thing about that kind of establishment is that you get to sample a lot of different dishes that you may not normally eat. And that's exactly what I did. So, on my plate there was fried chicken, baked chicken, and ribs. I loved the ribs and the fried chicken, but didn't care for the flavor of the baked chicken. So, I didn't eat much of it.

For dessert I was looking forward with anticipation to the peach cobbler. But for me, a cobbler that doesn't taste buttery is practically inedible. And that turned out to be the case with their cobbler. So, after tasting a little of it, I pushed it to the side and didn't eat it.

But here's my problem. All that food I didn't eat ended up in the trash can. You are not allowed to take any food away from the restaurant, so all they can do with food that a diner puts on his plate but doesn't eat is throw it away.

I expected to eat everything I put on my plate, but it didn't turn out that way. And with all that perfectly good food going to waste, I'm feeling a bit guilty.

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bestwriter wrote on December 13, 2015, 9:43 PM

That is a routine with buffet service - loads fed to dustbins. It is better to eat what we are familiar with.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 13, 2015, 9:44 PM

I, too, feel bad when I try something at one of those buffet style restaurants and wind up not liking it because I know it is just going to the waste can. Knowing from a business perspective that the restaurant builds such into their pricing scheme doesn't make me feel any better.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 11:29 PM

When I eat at a buffet , I only put onto my plate what I know I can eat, I really do not like throwing away good food. The only time I would throw away a piece of food is if I try it and I really do not like it.

Paulie wrote on December 13, 2015, 11:59 PM

In many buffets in Thailand, you are charged extra if you leave any food on your plate.

CoralLevang wrote on December 14, 2015, 1:48 AM

There are many Asian/American buffets here that charge a $5 fee for each plate that has an excessive amount that gets thrown away. At least that is how they "advertise." Enforcement, I'm not sure.

One buffet I used to routinely go to, however, stopped doing that...and they upped their prices from $11.99 to $16.99 and stopped serving certain foods except on the Sunday buffet.

Dawnwriter wrote on December 14, 2015, 4:13 AM

that is why I hate buffet system. In our restaurants, it is normal to have 36-48 dishes (from starters, soup,salads, entrées, drinks and desserts) and people pile up food on the plates which they cannot finish. Most people think because they are paying per head,they can load as much food as they want and it is horrible to see how much of it goes waste. I am very strict with myself and my children and insist they share drinks and desserts and always finish my children's food instead of piling up my own dish.