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

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

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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