Dish out food, as in Next they served up some oysters. [First half of 1400s]
Provide, as in He served up joke after joke, delighting his audience. [First half of 1600s] also see hand to on a silver platter.
|provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The entertainers served up a lively show" [syn: serve]|