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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Nowadays , I see that in most weddings and other such ceremonies Buffets are spread.
The Horror!

If I stop getting my meal on a leaf, I'll stop going to weddings. Thankfully, this is unlikely to happen in this part of the world for a while. As unlikely as our Brahmins eating fish fry [at weddings, at least]!

Yes, I always end up with too much food on my leaf. I am a small eater. But refusals are respected; Unless they sneak something in when I'm not looking, I don't get stuff if I don't want it it.

In some private homes, though, it can be a different matter. No, I don't like having food imposed on me... but nor do I like making my hosts feel their food is unappreciated. Some will listen when I explain that I would rather start with a little and then have more, than start with a lot that I can't eat. It's worth a try.
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post ...On the other hand unconsumed food remaining in containers are eaten later, often taken away by the catering guys or some such.
Would that it were always so. We remember getting caught up in a wedding that took over nearly all our hotel in Mathura. We photo'ed the wedding, then came out early the next morning to photograph the remains of the feast while the caterer dismantled the wedding garden. There were stacks and stacks of containers of leftover food piled near the gate to the garden, and outside the gate were a dozen or more obviously very hungry children who could use a good meal. But the caterer's guard threatened them with a lathi stick and made them keep away, even though the food was destined to be discarded.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post . but nor do I like making my hosts feel their food is unappreciated. Some will listen when I explain that I would rather start with a little and then have more, than start with a lot that I can't eat. It's worth a try.
I'd love to see the look on your face after the server has slapped a mountain of white rice onto your leaf.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Would that it were always so. We remember getting caught up in a wedding that took over nearly all our hotel in Mathura. We photo'ed the wedding, then came out early the next morning to photograph the remains of the feast while the caterer dismantled the wedding garden. There were stacks and stacks of containers of leftover food piled near the gate to the garden, and outside the gate were a dozen or more obviously very hungry children who could use a good meal. But the caterer's guard threatened them with a lathi stick and made them keep away, even though the food was destined to be discarded.
That is really sad.Nowadays some NGOs are working to address this ; You call them and they pick up the leftover food to feed the needy. But of course still a lot of food is wasted and that's regrettable.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post The Horror!

If I stop getting my meal on a leaf, I'll stop going to weddings. .
I agree , the fun of being served and all. However in most places a small sit-serve area is still kept.
I seriously think that you need to attend a Bengali Wedding sometime , ah the volume of fish, prawn and meat we consume.BURP.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Would that it were always so. We remember getting caught up in a wedding that took over nearly all our hotel in Mathura. We photo'ed the wedding, then came out early the next morning to photograph the remains of the feast while the caterer dismantled the wedding garden. There were stacks and stacks of containers of leftover food piled near the gate to the garden, and outside the gate were a dozen or more obviously very hungry children who could use a good meal. But the caterer's guard threatened them with a lathi stick and made them keep away, even though the food was destined to be discarded.
There are diffirent rules, but (in Kerala) if the food is catered and the function is in a hall as opposed to a hotel, then usually the leftover food gets delivered to the host.

If the function is in a hotel, then the hotel does not usually let the host have the food..

I know there are people thinking greedy pigs, why not give it to a charity. That is because many charities etc say they want to know how much food they will get before hand and this is not easy to judge. Or they say they want food for a minimum of X people.
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Originally Posted by JOHNLORD View Post ...I know there are people thinking greedy pigs, why not give it to a charity. That is because many charities etc say they want to know how much food they will get before hand and this is not easy to judge. Or they say they want food for a minimum of X people.
What frustrated us in Mathura was that the caterer was obviously going to have to pay to dispose of the food (even if only because he had to pay his own staff to move it); but if he'd only let the locals have at it, it would have vanished instantly without cost to him and with great benefit to the hungry children. No need to bother with all the fussiness and bureaucracy of NGO's and charities.
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Originally Posted by JOHNLORD View Post There are diffirent rules, but (in Kerala) if the food is catered and the function is in a hall as opposed to a hotel, then usually the leftover food gets delivered to the host.

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That's what happens all over north India. If you've paid for the venue and catering separately, you get to keep the food. The hosts usually redistribute them among the stay-over guests (the home side) Once we received a good sized basket of kachoris and a large metal tiffin of gulab jamuns.

Other re-usable left overs include cut flowers (not edible, usually not a good idea, though have you tried the innermost petals of marigold, they're edible and have a peculiar taste. I'm sure I've eaten a rose at some point of time as well - but i'll put that on the lunch thread).
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Ah, roses could have been shipped to Japan where its a delicacy if its organic..
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"Once we received a good sized basket of kachoris and a large metal tiffin of gulab jamuns. "

Both delicious , and unfortunately at my age unhealthy. All I can say is eat it while you can, before you become old and have to watch what you eat.
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When I get a huge heap of white rice? I don't let it happen. And I only take one kind of rice (often there are two or three on offer) maybe plus a little curd rice at the end.

But if it does happen... yes, it goes to waste

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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post I seriously think that you need to attend a Bengali Wedding sometime , ah the volume of fish, prawn and meat we consume.BURP.
Oh sure, I definitely do. . So what we need is an invitation(s) from a friend(s) who are close enough that we would actually make the journey. On-line friends very much included. Hint Hint!

Hfots, I'm surprised at the attitude you saw. I suspect that it was a lot to do with the establishment keeping those poor kids away from doing anything near their place. Shame on those people!

The idea[l] behind all those leaves and left-overs, rolled in the paper, is (I think) that everything is edible by cows. But, for even a modest wedding, there are probably not enough cows in the entire district for that to work.

What we need is... composting... methane converters...
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You got it right nick. I tried to intervene in a similar situation once and got a curt reply that these kids will create trouble, might steal something. Better to keep them out
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One thing I liked during my short stay in Pune was that maharashtrian guys serve lesser number of dishes compared to us wasteful show off North indians.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Hfots, I'm surprised at the attitude you saw ...
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post You got it right nick. I tried to intervene in a similar situation once and got a curt reply that these kids will create trouble, might steal something. Better to keep them out
On second thoughts, I am not surprised...


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