About a year and a half ago, I wrote:
“No, pie are round; CORNBREAD are square.
“As anyone who has been to an Israeli catered affair any time over the past five years knows, square plates are all the rage.
“However, as everyone ALSO knows, square plates are quite annoying. They may be aesthetically pleasing – although that point is highly debatable – but they’re far from functional.
“And so, I beseech all the plate manufacturers out there: Please go back to making round plates, as nature intended.
I wish I could say that the aforementioned manufacturers have since come to their senses and that square plates have finally disappeared from the catering scene.
But I can’t.
Because, to the dismay of party-goers around the country, square plates are more ubiquitous than ever.
Moreover, since we don’t live in an ideal world, I can’t even say that I’ve somehow made my peace with these awkward assaults on the dining experience.
No, they’re just as cumbersome now as they were back when they made their initial, very unwelcome debut.
In other words, don’t look for a fairy tale ending, where the square plates and I dance merrily off into the sunset.
However, on a related note, I’d appreciate it if any of my informed readers could provide answers to the following questions:
1. Who was the not-exactly-brilliant thinker who woke up one morning and said, “You know, people have been comfortably and happily using round plates throughout the millennia. So, why don’t I come up with an inconvenient redesign of something that’s not broken?”
2. What happened to all the round plates?! Did the caterers throw them out? Are they all sitting in some giant warehouse somewhere, waiting for this unfortunate fad to fade away?
Inquiring minds want to know…