Reinventing the Doggy Bag

SWELL_DISHES_LIKE_THESE_ARE_TOO_GOOD_TO_WASTE_-_NARA_-_515514Surely you’ve heard of a ‘doggie bag’. It gained popularity in the 1970‘s in USA, when fast food and take out became staples of American culture. The origins of this term, however, vary.

Some say it stems from the East Anglian word “docky” that means lunch. Others think it is a literal translation of the idea that such food was usually taken home to feed pets. Whichever explanation you choose, one thing you can usually expect with the term is lots of “orts” – small scarps of food left after a meal. 

In countries like USA and Great Britain, taking uneaten food to go is becoming common practice. Yet, in places like France and Italy, where cuisine has a traditional standard of certain perfection, taking leftovers is almost shameful. 

Nonetheless, some traditions become outdated and new trends do catch on. Usually it’s thanks to brave individuals that stick to their beliefs even in new surroundings. For instance, Michelle Obama made sure to take her uneaten food to go while dining at the Maccheroni restaurant in Italy during the G8 summit. 

Interestingly, some restaurants are reinventing the entire leftover process to make it more convenient for customers. One such trend is use of numbers that are given to customers and used to pick up their remnants on the way out. It’s similar to a coat check idea and gives customers the freedom to keep their table space clear for other food and hand room.

tgtwSadly, even with campaigns such as Too Good To Waste that convince clients to overcome shyness and break cultural stereotypes of leftovers, food isn’t always taken home. 

And when it is, some of it gets forgotten in the fridge and thrown away days later.

One solution for this would be to share a meal with a friend, leaving plenty of room and available calories for dessert. Another option would be to specifically look for individuals that are in need on the way home and hand the delicious morsels to them. Either way, taking food home gets us one step closer to reducing food waste and that’s a good thing. 

Are you guilty of leaving food on your restaurant plates? If so, do you take it home with you? Whether you do or not, share your experiences here and together we can come up with more innovative solutions. After all, sharing is caring! 

Thanks for reading and stopping by!


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