The French Finally Come (Back) Around to Restaurant Doggie Bags

The French Finally Come (Back) Around to Restaurant Doggie Bags

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Faith Durand
Nov 17, 2014

When you first travel to France, the guide books have a few regular, almost cliched, points of advice about eating in restaurants, starting with: Don't ever (ever) ask for a take-out box. Well, this taboo is finally getting a fresh look in France, where some chefs are encouraging use of the doggie bag.

The doggie bag, it turns out, was actually a relatively common practice in France earlier in the last century, but then it fell out of favor. "For the working classes, leaving food on one’s plate was a waste; for the bourgeoisie, it was a sign that you were wealthy enough not to scarf everything down."

But some cities, including Lyon — the gastronomic capital of France — are encouraging diners and chefs to embrace take-home leftovers as a way to reduce waste.

Read more: Brushing Off a French Stigma That Doggie Bags Are for Beggars from by Aurelien Breeden at The New York Times

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