(Closed) Buffet Line Plate Question

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
18636 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think that people should ever bring a plate up to a buffet twice, as a hygiene issue.

Post # 5
4485 posts
Honey bee

Guests should always get a new plate each time through the line for health safety reasons. If you are having a caterer, they will require this. However, be prepared for most people to leave their plates behind since they may not consider it a favor even if you do.

Post # 6
98 posts
Worker bee

Yeah. No used plates in the line please.

Post # 7
40 posts

I agree , getting a second serving will require a second plate.  I’m afraid that having one plate at the table and a sec

ond disposable plate in the buffet line is going to create confusion for your guests.    I had a small wedding 45 people and wanted to use real china so instead of having a buffet we served dinner family style and the cost was actually lower than a buffet and no one had to wait for ever standing in line.  Just another option to think about.  

Post # 8
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Pardon my ignorance on the issue – but how is using the same plate twice a sanitary issue?  Is it a matter of having the serving utensils potentially touch the germs on the already eaten food remnants on the plate?

Post # 9
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m sorry but are you as favors asking people to take home their dirty plate?  I don’t want to sound rude but that kind of sounds a little gross weather you have baggies or not.  I would not want to take a dirty plate home with me to wash especially if I had travel.  Maybe I am miss something….  What about using the favor plate as chargers and having other dishes for people to eat off of?

Post # 10
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Could you use the plates as “chargers” so they stay on the tables and just have disposable plates for the buffet that could be thrown away? Then you don’t have to worry about people taking the same plate up twice.

@oracle: Nearly every caterer will insist upon new plates at the buffet (it’s pretty standard practice). When people eat and the utensils touch their mouths and then their plates. If serving utensils touch the plates they’ve eaten off of and then go back into the food then you can contaminate the entire dish.

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hey Zeetager,

I’m on the same page as you…we’re having our June wedding at a century-old barn and I have also been collecting vintage plates to use. A lot of people don’t get the concept, until they see how unique and original it looks on the day of.

We’re also having a buffet, and I hadn’t really thought of how it might work for people wanting seconds, so you’ve definitely given me something to think about! You could always have the caterer provide plates for anyone wanting seconds?

I think what people probably don’t realize is that you’d have the plates washed and ready for guests to take home after…they wouldn’t be taking their dirty plate home, but rather a one-of-a-kind favour that you and your fiance have taken time to personally select in the lead-up to your wedding. I think that means more than any mass-produced item that anyone could go into a store to buy.

Good luck with whatever you decide and I’m sure your day will be fabulous!

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I thought of this after I had posted: I know we’ve collected a ton of plates and have lots of extras…if you’re the same, you could set the table in your coordinating sets of 8, and then have your extra plates in piles at the buffet line in case anyone wanted seconds.

Then anyone who wanted seconds would still have a vintage plate, but it would be a clean one.

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