A meal set out on a buffet, arranged so that guests may serve themselves and choose those items that they desire; as, a buffet dinner. Diners usually take a plate provided and move in a line past the items on the buffet, placing those items they desire on the plate, to be eaten at some convenient place.
The two most popular styles of dining are sit-down (the various meal courses are served to each guest) and buffet (guests select the foods of their choice from displays set atop various tables). The former allows guests to sit and enjoy the service, while the other allows guests the opportunity to stand and mingle, while also selecting only those dishes that appeal to their tastes. Generally, buffet-style meals are less costly than sit-down. Figure two buffet tables per hundred guests.
A self service style of meal at a wedding reception, where the food and drinks are presented on a long table, or a series of tables, and the guests collect a plate and help themselves whenever they wish (queues permitting). A buffet is usually the most affordable option as considerably less waiters are needed (if any), but the costs can rise as less control over food portions can be exercised.
This is a term loosely applied to any furniture composed of more than one tier, whether or not the resultant sections are enclosed. Some such furniture has specific and correct names. See Court cupboard, Press (cupboard) and Livery cupboard, for example. As with all these very early pieces, the terms are rather loose, and often the descriptions found in early inventories etc. are rather vague.
A sideboard or dining room dresser with shelves above and often a cupboard below. Usually used for serving and for items not immediately wanted at the table. Originally Italian, the buffet was highly developed in France and in England in the Stuart period, and later in many forms throughout the Georgian Era.
used in the dining room, a buffet is a low cabinet with a flat top and drawers or cabinets underneath to hold dishes, silverware, platters, serving dishes and table linen. It can also be the bottom part of a hutch.