(Closed) buffet dinner…what's the difference

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are 3 types of meals, generally.


Plated is where the meal is already on the plate, and placed in front of you.


Family style is where there are bowls of everything on each table, and they serve themselves [they don’t have to get up].


Buffet is where the food is all in one area, and guests serve themselves [get up and walk TO the buffet, then sit back down at their seat].


I have no idea what a plated buffet is.. maybe they plate it but its all set up like a buffet where they just grab a plate?

Post # 4
6258 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

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@jenilynevette:  I agree, if I had to guess that’s what it would be…. but OP you have to tell us what the caterer says if you ask wtf that is

Post # 5
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cheetah2b:  I cheked google as I was curious this is what I found I hope it helps

Plated Buffet Service. Selection of pre-plated foods, such as entrees, sandwich plates and salad plates, set on a buffet table. They may also be placed on a roll-in (a i.e., rolling cart or table) and then moved into the function room at the designated time. Because of individual plates, trays are usually used. This is a particularly good idea for groups who want to continue “working” meals while they eat. Here is the website I found it on http://blog.cvent.com/blog/food-for-thought/a-variety-of-service-style-options

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