Thread: Fancy Dinners
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by UDS View Post
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.
So it's kind of like a modern-day Chinese restaurant, where each person in a party of twelve orders an individual dish which are then shared with everyone?