The Cocktail Buffetan Exception
One kind of buffet doesn't conform to this menu order pattern.The cocktail buffet displays appetizers intended to accompany drinks and other refreshments at receptions, cocktail parties, and cocktail hours preceding banquets and dinners.There is no serving line—or, looking at it a different way, there is a separate line for each item.
1. Only appetizer-type foods are served: tasty, well-seasoned foods in small portions.
2. Stacks of small plates are placed beside each item rather than at the beginning of the table.
3. The table or tables must be easy to get to from all parts of the room and must not block traffic. Do not place them next to the entry because guests gather around them, blocking movement into and out of the room.
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