We were on a ride the other day, and stopped for coffee at a gorgeous restaurant beside a beautiful lake. The cake menu was spectacular – cheesecake, almond cake, chocolate cake, coconut cake, carrot cake, strawberry crumble, mud cake – you name it, they had it. Everything was freshly baked and slices were selling like…well, hot cakes.
Upon placing an order, each customer was given a knife with which to cut their own slice of cake. I have never seen this in a restaurant before and when I go to parties the cake is normally ready-cut, or cut by the host/birthday person.
What a great idea though! The queue was quite long so I had a chance to observe. Most people cut much smaller sizes than the normal café serving size. Maybe they just wanted a bite of sweetness, or perhaps they had already eaten lunch and were full. Not one person took giant slices, which could have been the social pressure from people behind them. I cut a slice that was just a tiny bigger than a restaurant serving to see what people would do. But no one batted an eyelid. This is a great idea to cut down on food waste. You pay the same for a smaller slice as a big one, but if you did not want a big slice it would have either gone into the bin or into a tummy that didn’t want it.