Whenever I have an invitation to a party where food is served buffet style, I make sure that I only take very light meals prior to party time.  I believe that doing so would give me an enormous appetite to savour a little of each food served.  Doing so would give justice to the host, the food prepared and the effort of the people who prepared and served the food.

When is National Buffet Day 2018?

National Buffet Day will be on January 2, 2018, a Tuesday.

National Buffet Day is observed annually the day after New Year (or the second day of each year :).

The Definition and Origin of Buffet:

Buffet is a scheme of serving food in a public area where guests or diners generally serve themselves.  It started in the middle of the 16th century with Brannvinsbord, Swedish schnapps or shots of alcoholic beverage served before dinner.  Later on, this method of serving is also used for appetizers or cocktails.  Buffet had been found to be perfect for feeding large crowds.

During buffet, table knives are tabooed.  Utensils were limited to spoon and fork.  Finger food buffet, on the other hand, does not use any utensil except for serving.  Smorgasbord, similar to buffet but consist only of large hot and cold dishes, was formally introduced in the 1939 New York World’s Fair exhibition.  In the second half of the 20th century, buffet became popular in English-speaking countries.

The National Buffet Day celebration:

National Buffet Day is known as the Day to Feast.  It is an extension of the New Year’s merriment for friends as the New Year’s Day celebration is mostly for family and relatives.  This is the time when the host shows off his home, grand furniture, beautiful tablecloths, expensive dining wares and utensils.  Buffet is a space saver for venues not large enough for a formal table dinner.

Considered as an informal form of dining, it can take different forms.  Managed buffet is when food is served by a service crew.  The use of dim sum carts is also an option.  In 1956, buffet had been adopted by restaurants by offering All-You-Can-Eat.  Others call it Eat-All-You-Can where diners are charged on a per head basis.

When is the National Buffet Day in 2019?

National Buffet Day will be on January 2, 2019, a Wednesday.