The image above was found over at Reddit on We Want Plates. I guess a rather fancy chef thought it would be a good idea to use a lot of cutlery to serve bite sized food. That’s a lot of forks. And probably not a very happy dishwasher.
But this does bring to mind how flatware can affect your meal. We use different spoons for different foods such as soup, dessert, coffee, grapefruit and such. We have different knives for butter, steak and cake. We have a couple of different forks I guess. I remember being in Germany and it seemed every brand of beer had it’s own special glass. With the easy access to 3D printing are we coming up on custom cutlery as well?
Here’s some interesting cutlery trivia for you. Dinner forks were considered to be a tool of the Devil & banned by the Catholic Church. And there might be a connection between the word fork and bad four letter word (or not).
A snippet from the article at Leite’s Culinaria by Chad Ward:
“God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks—his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to him to substitute artificial metal forks for them when eating.”
It’s a great article with detailed history about flatware that we haven’t seen before.
We normally try to stay away from Kickstarter products but this is too crazy to not talk about.
It’s a spoon and fork case for your smartphone. Yup, the Everyday Carry Cutlery world may have gone a step to far. Compatible with iPhone 7, 8, X and XS this case has a plastic spoon or fork inside that can attach to the phone.
Wondering why you smelt soup on your last phone call? Now you know.
There has been a lot of press lately about how to communicate with your cutlery to the kitchen and serving staff at a restaurant. Supposedly the idea is that various ways of leaving the flatware on your plate will tell them how you liked your meal or whether or not you are done.
In all honesty, I’m not too sure about any of this. Leaving your fork and knife in special configurations isn’t exactly the most effective way of communicating. How about you speak to the server, like a normal person?