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Are buffets a thing of the past? Reimagining ‘all-you-can-eat’ in a post-COVID world

It’s hard to imagine salad bars and shared serving spoons in our new normal.

April 23, 2021, 11:15 AM PDT / Source: TODAY, By Ronnie Koenig

When buffets return, customers can expect to see staff enforcing social distancing policies and cleaning and sanitizing common utensils for months, if not years to come, said Chapman.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images stock

As restaurants have pivoted to stay open during the pandemic, buffets are one of those things that are difficult to imagining continuing in a post-COVID world.

Shared spoons, salad bar sneeze guards and standing in line next to other hungry customers in order to pile your plate high seems in direct opposition to the safety measures we’ve all adopted surrounding food service.

On Wednesday, Fresh Acquisitions, the parent company that owns Old Country Buffet, filed for bankruptcy, illustrating just how difficult it has been for restaurants whose concept centers around a communal dining experience.

Source: Are buffets a thing of the past? Reimagining ‘all-you-can-eat’ in a post-COVID world

What Is Hospitality? The Current Answer Doesn’t Work. – The New York Times

The host-guest relationship puts all the onus on the server, particularly during the pandemic, and points to the dysfunction at the heart of the business.

Great hospitality is hard to describe, but it surrounds you. Here, a server in Washington D.C., in 1949, gave a diner time to decide on her order.Credit…Rae Russel/Getty Images

One of my last restaurant meals before the shutdowns started last year was at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco.

I waited on the street by a fishy-smelling puddle until I was waved toward a seat at the well-worn counter.

Crushed between two strangers on a wobbly stool, I happily ate as much fresh, sweet, cold Dungeness crab meat as I could.

Happily, because the server across the bar was making me feel comfortable and cared for, safe and unhurried, though I can’t say exactly how he did this.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/dining/restaurant-hospitality.html

How Much Should I Tip Restaurant Workers During the Pandemic? | Condé Nast Traveler

In our Ethical Traveler advice column, we tackle the tricky moral dilemmas and questions that arise when traveling during a pandemic.

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By Ashlea Halpern, March 4, 2021

It’s a hot take I can’t get off my mind: Last July, Grub Street’s Chris Crowley argued that anyone who can afford to eat out during a pandemic can afford to tip at least 50 percent, contending “it’s the bare minimum you can do if you decide you must eat a burger al fresco or get tacos delivered.”

That percentage haunts me. Before reading it, I considered myself a generous tipper—usually leaving between 20 and 25 percent in restaurants. I tipped baristas and food trucks and have even returned to tables covertly to throw down extra money after watching stingier friends tip 10 percent to the penny.

Source: How Much Should I Tip Restaurant Workers During the Pandemic? | Condé Nast Traveler

Where to find great Creole food in Las Vegas.

 Creole seafood boil at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House | Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House/Facebook
Creole seafood boil at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House | Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House/Facebook

Grab Creole food just in time for Mardi Gras at these seven restaurants

Source: Where to find great Creole food in Las Vegas.

10 Restaurants First-Time Las Vegas Visitors Should Frequent

A view of Paris Las Vegas from the Bellagio | Photo by Las Vegas News Bureau
A view of Paris Las Vegas from the Bellagio | Photo by Las Vegas News Burea

“Any first time visitor in Las Vegas is surely overwhelmed by the plethora of places to visit. A food lover will already have a list of go-to spots to visit, while a newbie fresh off the plane might not come with an agenda. This list gives a little of both, with over-the-top experiences that come with a memory and a story to tell the friends back home.”

Source: 10 Restaurants First-Time Las Vegas Visitors Should Frequent