The other day Leah was watching a show on the tv about housewives in Orange County, and one of the housewives threw a barbecue for which she hired a number of cooks and waitstaff. "How'd you like to go to a catered barbecue?" I asked Leah. She said she'd enjoy it, but I wasn't a fan. Who knew I'd have, in the next week, two opportunities to try it out myself! I went to two graduation parties, one for a high school student and one for Leah's brother Jake, who just graduated from MIT, and both were catered by companies that also provided attentive and helpful servers (who also made the rounds collecting trash: very handy!).
Is this a new cultural phenomenon? I'd never before been to a party at someone's home where all the food was made an served by professionals. Maybe I've just been going to the wrong kind of parties!