A buffet is a style of service that provide to a guest varieties of options in food to the price a client would have to pay for it. 

It provides the guest freedom to choose from various different categories. Make it an unbeatable bargain for the guest. 

Let’s discuss 8 different types of buffet in my list 

1.Meal period Buffet 

the meal period buffet is served during the particular time of the day or during a particular meal period. Besides the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets it also includes in between. 

2. Brunch Buffet 

Standard Breakfast and lunch are offer at the brunch buffet. It offers a full line of hot and cold foods and is operated at an unhurried pace. 

The composition would have cereals, eggs, waffles, breads and main course items which would include western and Indian dishes followed by an array of deserts. This is a leisure service. 

3. Finger or fork Buffet 

this is a reception buffet and bite sized foods are presented for stand up service or a combination of sit down and stand up service. Foods in this category are to be handled easily with fingers and consumed while standing. 

The main objective of the reception style is to accommodate the guests in a way that it doesn’t hinder conversation, movement, and mingling. 

4. Display Buffet 

This presents a particular item or a group of items in the dining area or front of the lobby of a restaurant. Such buffets often promote a particular item. For e.g. manager could promote a famous house dessert or set up a bar. But now a day this trend is dying because it requires a lot of maintenance. 

If not properly maintained could lead to a reverse effect. 

In this the style of service, menu, and presentation focus on a particular occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday etc. 

In such buffets there is a central theme and the menu ,selection of food, décor revolves around that. 

For e.g. manager could promote a famous house dessert or set up a bar. But now a day this trend is dying because it requires a lot of maintenance. 

If not properly maintained could lead to a reverse effect. 

5) Occasion types of Buffet 

In this the style of service, menu, and presentation focus on a particular occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday etc. 

In such buffets there is a central theme and the menu ,selection of food, décor revolves around that. 

6) Regional and ethnic Buffet 

The regional or ethnic buffet is dominated by a particular area or nationality. Authenticity is the key to success to such buffets 

The customs of that place, food preparation styles, and styles of service should be well studied before planning such a buffet. 

7) Event oriented Buffet 

The regional or ethnic buffet is dominated by a particular area or nationality. Authenticity is the key to success to such buffets. The customs of that place, food preparation styles, and styles of service should be well studied before planning such a buffet. 

8) Seasonal types of Buffet 

spring, summer, fall and winter are seasonal buffets. These give the operator an opportunity to offer foods that are plentiful, readily available. 

It obtained at reasonable costs during that particular time of the year. For example mango festival, winter buffet etc. 

Thank you so much for listening to me. Looking forward meeting you and learning together about different hospitality avenues . 

 By: Lusimba Wycliffe