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Shared dining: community is trending

How guests and restaurateurs celebrate sharing

Who hasn't experienced the following scene: you're sitting at the table with friends or family and instead of eating your food by yourself, you share the food with each other. Everyone helps themselves, tastes and enjoys together. Communal dining is a culinary and social experience that the restaurant sector has now discovered for itself.

by Sophia Sager

How shareable dishes are changing restaurants

In a fast-paced world where time is short, individualism is on the rise and the desire for connection and community is growing, a culinary trend is emerging that has the potential to change the way we eat in restaurants. "Shared dining", an approach to eating and enjoying food together, is establishing itself as an innovative movement in the restaurant industry. 

This trend opens a new perspective on the traditional dining experience and creates unforgettable moments of closeness and interaction between guests. It's about more than just eating in company; it's about creating a deep connection between the people at the table. At the same time, both guests and restaurateurs are discovering the joys of maximalism – as a countertrend to small-scale snacks: Opulent roasts, whole fish or steaming pies are served and celebrated at a large table – just like a Sunday dinner with the family. For the chef, this means predictable enjoyment on advance order. 

"Shared dining", "communal dining", "family style": many terms, one concept

"Shared dining" is also known by several other terms, such as "communal dining" or "family style dinner". Whatever you call the trend, the philosophy behind it is based on the idea that eating in company enriches the meal and promotes social interaction. With specially designed sharing platters and "shareable dishes", everyone at the table can discover and enjoy the different flavors together. 

The influence of dining together on gastronomy

Implementing shared dining in restaurants requires a rethink in terms of menu design, table arrangements and tableware. The selection of dishes must be varied and shareable in order to promote the experience of community. It is also important to arrange the tables in such a way that they offer sufficient space for the diverse bowls and platters that are central to this trend. For restaurateurs rethinking and redesigning is worthwhile: Family style dinners offer the opportunity to be different from the competition and offer guests an experience that will be remembered.

Matching tableware for shared dining

This is made easier by special tableware that is perfectly aligned with the trend of communal dining. Such as ReNew from PLAYGROUND: This collection is aimed specifically at the environmentally conscious restaurateur with the use of recycled ceramics (Eco-Gers). It includes a variety of bowls, large plates and platters that are ideal for sharing dishes. PERFECT MATCH_cumin from HEART & SOUL also has serving platters and large plates in its range, and the rustic glazes are a perfect match for shared dining. Or SCOPE from BAUSCHER: the bowls and plates with their minimalist design and finely textured chopstick relief offer a modern yet practical solution for presenting shareable dishes. The SCANDIC collection from SCHÖNWALD is characterized by an even clearer, Scandinavian design. And because after a big feast, an espresso is the perfect digestive: The cups and mugs from the COFFEE TASTING collection fit perfectly on the SCANDIC saucers.

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