Nowadays, the All-you-can-eat buffet is not the only kind of buffet concept that people go for. Other concepts include Cafeteria Style Buffet, Special Occasion Buffet and others are also popular! Buffet offers flexibility to the food and service provided including meeting dietary restrictions like Halal buffet. Read on to find out more!

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Originating in 16th Century France, buffet dining has stood the test of time and continues to be a popular choice for many restaurant customers. By definition, a buffet is a meal where guests serve themselves from a variety of dishes set out on a table or sideboard (from Food Lover’s Companion). Today there are many restaurant concepts centered around a buffet theme. Buffets are also served on special occasions or as restaurant promotions.

And restaurants who offer catering services use buffets as an efficient way to feed a large number of guests.

All You Can Eat Buffet

Just as the name implies, this type of buffet offers guests the most bang for their buck. Typically customers pay one price and serve themselves from different stations, ranging from hot items, a salad bar, and dessert station. Many restaurants, like Old Country Buffet or HomeTown Buffet, offer this type of service. As the obesity epidemic in the United States continues to rise, the all-you-can-eat buffets are losing popularity.

Cafeteria Style Buffet

Less prevalent in restaurants is the cafeteria style buffet. In this type of restaurant buffet, customers select plates of food as they pass through a line. They might take a plate with a pre-made sandwich, a plate with a dessert and cup of soup, for example.

Special Occasion Buffets

Many restaurants will offer a buffet as a restaurant promotion or for special occasions.

For example, as a restaurant promotion, a restaurant might offer a special seafood buffet on the first Friday of every month. Or they might offer a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet in lieu of a regular menu.

Catered Buffets

Restaurants who offer catering services use buffets to feed large groups of people, quickly and efficiently.

Weddings, business meetings, holiday parties are all ideal situations for a catered buffet. Restaurants can also provide catered buffets off-site, expanding their business further.

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