I apologize if this sounds a little dense but what exactly is a "starter"? I'm pretty good with serving appetizers but I've never served a starter course in any of my meals. I usually begin dinner parties with wine, cheese, and a few assorted appetizers in the living room and then serve family style in the dining room. The selection on my table usually includes some kind of meat, a starch, a couple of vegetable sides, salad, and a basket of bread. What is the function of a starter and what's the difference between that and an appetizer. Should it be a little bigger than an appetizer? What are some typical starters? Can a starter be served family style?