Thread: Fancy Dinners
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Old 05-25-2017, 07:58 PM
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We're accustomed to courses being served sequentially, with each course being consumed and cleared before the next is presented. This is known technically as service Ó la russe, and it's the dominant mode in high-end restaurants and for home dining.

But this wasn't so in the nineteenth century. There was the alternative mode of service Ó la franšaise in which several courses, or all courses, are presented simultaneously.

So, for example, several different fish dishes might be placed on the table simultaneously; each is considered a separate course; guests help themselves and/or their neighbours to the courses they want; there is no expectation that a diner will eat every course. Then the fish courses are cleared and replaced with the meat courses. And so forth.

So, "29 courses" means, in our terms, 29 principal dishes.

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