I don’t know about you, but I like to know what I’m eating before I eat it. If I eat at a buffet, I appreciate having name tags alongside all of the food. I certainly don’t want to bite into a little nugget of fried alligator thinking it is chicken. I might be adventurous enough to try alligator or perhaps not, but I want to make that choice. I also have food allergies and nothing is more embarrassing than popping what looks like a yummy morsel into my mouth and feeling the crunch of a pecan. I have to find a way to politely spit it out without insulting the cook.
So when I host a party, I always create food tags for each dish. I usually just write the name of the dish and a brief description.