Wastage of Food in Wedding Dinners

Posted on April 6, 2008
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Syed Ahsan Ali

In our beloved country, how many times have we noticed small, poor kids scanning piles of garbage to get something to eat. These are usually the places where animals also compete for the same food source.

Now that above photo has got all your attention I want to mention a big source of food wasting in Pakistan. That is wedding dinners. These days I am involved in arranging for a wedding dinner in the family for a modest gathering on 250 to 300 guests. This opportunity has provided me the first hand knowledge of how to set a wedding dinner menu and how much extra food has to be cooked knowing in advance that a big portion of it will be wasted. It hurts.

As we all know that around this time of the year many marriages take place. Marriage lawns and gardens, bridal wear, salons, beauty parlors, and lavish dinners are must if you want to get married with holding your head high in the society. As they said there is no easy way out. You have to attire properly, shop generously, and serve graciously to show that you win that rat race which is on and which is getting more hectic as we are climbing ladders of success and progress.

I have been getting all sorts of input about what is the most popular item when it comes to pleasing your respected guests. The prevailing opinion is that you have to feed them well if you want to be remembered as good hosts in the years down the line. During this exercise of picking the best food available at the price we can afford I have painfully came across the trend of wasting food. The way food is eaten and wasted in our weddings is an eye opener because extra food has to be prepared to make sure every one is well fed inspite of their expected wastage.

If ice-cream is the only dessert in the menu then no one would take one scoop or stop at that. Same is the case with cold drinks. They say more is good. I asked one caterer what is the preferred cold drink or juice in the gatherings? He smiled and replied sahib whatever you like but kindly don’t go for all varieties because as you know people will like to taste everything and they would waste tremendously and you would feel irritated after seeing half-full bottles at the end of the ceremony.

If you ever get a chance to go and look into the kitchens of our marriage halls you will be pained to see piles and piles of dishes of wasted Biryani, dripping qormas and barely touched desserts going in to the dustbin. Adding to this is the disturbing trend of preparing 15, 20 or even 25 dishes for a wedding dinner. Consequently people love to taste everything and in that process leave most of the dishes wasted because either they don’t like it or something else catches their attention. I guess in our lives, we have all been witness to guests who like to get their plates full as if they will never get a chance to eat again.

For the serving family, it becomes all too horrible if you think about the rising prices of food items. Ghee, meat and vegetables are touching new record levels every new day and still we see this kind of mismanagement and wastage of food.

We need to understand that preventing wastage of any commodity whether it is food, water, petrol, gas or anything else can help us in delivering better world to our future generations. A begining can be made by not wasting food in wedding dinners.

22 responses to “Wastage of Food in Wedding Dinners”

  1. Hiralious says:

    i don’t think you will see much of ‘personal accountibility’ at the level of an individual. they say ‘laaton k bhoot baaton se nae maante’. for the social attitude of people has gone far too wrong here, a ‘stick’ approach is needed. i would, therefore welcome the bans and restrictions on the weddings (that hope to reduce the electricity and food wastage). and would expect the Elite and our politicians to abide by the laws as well.

  2. Watan Aziz says:

    Now, I am going to assume this is the same crowd who complains about load shedding?

    Because for sure, at Mai Jori Jamali’s village, this does not happen.

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