The clean plate club
Ta-Nehisi Coates touches on a subject that's been somewhat controversial in the SuperMegaHousehold in the past.
At any rate, the Festival would have these fancy dinners in the evening where I would sit around with people who were generally worth a gazillion dollars or some such. They were all nice and everything, but subtly--in ways cash can't explain--very, very different from me. For instance, at dinner, no one finished their plate. Many of them went so far as to decline desert, or if they indulged they'd eat half and sip coffee. We are not talking about large plates, or heaping deserts.
By fnord12 | December 15, 2011, 12:56 PM | Ummm... Other?
i don't feel that declining dessert and only eating half of the dessert you took are the same things. if you can't finish it, don't take it. that's not wasteful. taking something so you can eat 1 bite of it is.
yes, i think you should clean your plate, but i don't think Coates' situation is a good one for when this rule ought to be in place.
clearly when you have no control over portion size, the rules have to bend. my issue is with people who have control over portion and heap their plate with food only to throw out half of it. or people who have some sort of moral aversion to the concept of leftovers so they throw out everything if it's not finished the first night.