Honest to g/God(s), I think the culinary community is going the way of the fall of the Roman Empire - shear excess, decoration without reason, overblown everything. A recent question on the starchef.com forum was: "As a new functions co-ordinator at a National University Students residental College, I have been given the task of finding a synonym for the Russian Style of banquetting, ie table service of platters. If I use the term Russian Banquet, patrons may expect Russian food. Some-one [sic]has suggested tapas platters, but of course that implies light style antipasto [the dolt doesnt even realize that tapas is small dishes and some include VERY unlight foods. Iberian sausage is hardly "light"] and not favoured by our manager. I have limited time to have the suitable word/s. There is suitable synonyms, but for the life of me I cannot think of it. Please help. I will be pleased for an email to ***" There were NO replies - too tough a question for "star chefs, I guess. Duh! The answer is "family style." Sorry that it's not exotic. Even worse it doesn't: .. fit with towering morsels (intentional but real oxymoron) of food that most eaters (altho the pseudo-cognoscenti would never admit it) look at and think "Now what?"; .. include a small side portion of chopped up whatever is fashionable masquerading as a "SALSA" ... include any foreign language, ... include any of the following words: foam, free-range, natural, organic, species of vegatable etc. When the simple phrase, "family style", becomes as outdated as "coal bin", the food community has gone beserk (beserque woul dbe more fashionable). I LOVE food, I cook it and eat it. I like interesting food with interesting ingredients; no meat and spuds guy here. I know an awful lot about food (modestly). (Even more modestly) I am a great home cook - many cuisines etc. If you doubt that, check out some of my postings here. When a certain chef on the Food Network becomes famous because he cooks like a lot of suburban dads on the weekend and adds the ubiquitous salsas, it's nutso time. I know NO honest diner who thinks 2 scallops is amusing no matter how well cooked or decorated or wants to disassemble their plate etc etc etc. Come on get real.