family style

(of a meal) with the serving platters on the table so that all present can serve themselves.

1930–35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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As the logging industry began to decline in the area, the pair kept cooking
  their family style dinners for friends and neighbors.
Meals are served family style, at large tables where you can converse with
  other guests.
Courses simply come out of the kitchen, family style.
With a group, this is a great spot to order up family style and sample it all.
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