Buffet froid is the French term which means "cold buffet".

"Buffet froid" is a French term that translates literally to "cold buffet." It refers to a type of meal service where food is laid out on a table or buffet for guests to serve themselves, and the food is typically served cold. A buffet froid might be set up for a party or other social gathering, and it might include a variety of cold dishes such as charcuterie, cheese, olives, cold cuts, salads, and other items. The food is usually presented in a way that allows guests to easily serve themselves, and it is typically accompanied by bread and other accompaniments. Some examples of dishes that might be included in a buffet froid could include:

  • Assorted cold cuts (such as ham, turkey, roast beef, etc.)
  • Cheese platters (featuring a variety of different types of cheese)
  • Salad platters (such as potato salad, coleslaw, etc.)
  • Vegetable platters (such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, carrots, etc.)
  • Deviled eggs
  • Olives and other antipasti items
  • Pâté or other spreads
  • Cold seafood (such as shrimp, lobster, or crab)


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