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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Dishes are served family style at a communal table in Lazy Susan's dining room; the chef will show how to prepare each dish in front of participants, and Burmeister will discuss each wine while participants sample the food. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Lazy Susan in Bay View, European cooking classes will pair wines to dishes," 29 Aug. 2019 Shrimp saganaki — whole shrimp cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and topped wit halloumi — makes a great one-pot dish to serve family style and for dragging bread through all the flavorful sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Swipe right on spicy shrimp saganaki," 28 Aug. 2019 Every year, the Italian-American restaurant lets customers enjoy a four-course family style meal in the restaurant or right at their own homes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "10 Places to Buy Fully Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, Sides, and Dessert," 19 Aug. 2019 Dishes are served family style, and in true Gujarati fashion, utensils are optional. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Insider’s guide: Where to eat, drink and play in SF’s Dogpatch this summer," 20 July 2019 And a local favorite is Lucha Loco, which offers family style Mexican cuisine and ample patio seating. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 So why not do so family style among new friends at the Center? Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Week ahead: Free admission at Milwaukee Art Museum & Milwaukee Public Museum & art stories," 28 Sep. 2017 The food is fun and served family style (get the guacamole, itself a work of art, and the duck tacos) while the drinks are perfect for a girls’ night out. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Food, including short ribs, sea bass, and cavatelli was served family style. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Young Flocked to the Whitney Art Party for a Night of Warhol," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of family style

1857, in the meaning defined above

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