family style

adverb or adjective

Definition of family style 

: with the food placed on the table in serving dishes from which those eating may help themselves

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The most memorable dishes, like the lobster boil and the picnic basket of fried chicken and sides, were served family style beneath twinkling lights at picnic tables. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Eleven Madison Park Heads West," 5 Nov. 2018 Sit down to a family style meal at the massive Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant in Middlebury, bid on a cow at the cattle auction or find a bargain at the massive Shipshewana Flea Market. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 This free app includes estate sales, moving sales, auctions, and traditional m-family style sales. Melissa Reinert,, "Yard sale shopper: Prepare and beware," 5 July 2018 Drizzle with Vinaigrette and serve family style so the table can admire your work. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Summery Tomato Salad Two Ways," 3 July 2018 For the salad: Divide the chunks of burrata among 4 to 6 serving plates or on a large platter, family style. Sarah Fritsche,, "Outerlands’ Salad With Burrata, Strawberries & Fennel," 29 June 2018 Everything comes together at the rollicking Friday night, family style meals that begin at 8 p.m. and often don’t end until two o’clock in the morning. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018 The lounge area is to the right and the romantic, or family style, atmosphere, is left. Houston Chronicle, "Jado’z Grill House opening soon in Friendswood," 16 May 2018 Those are served family style, with unlimited refills. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Paula Deen vs. Buddy V: S.A.’s Celebrity Restaurant Smackdown," 7 May 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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