From a recent Journal Star article on portion size:
It’s an interesting dilemma, this portion size debate, because no one usually gets angry if they have too much food on the plate. Some of our most heated comments online have come from people complaining about the size of our servings and how they could get twice as much food for half the price at another location and they will never come back and they will tell all their friends to never eat here again and so on.
Have at it.
So do you give people what they want or what you think they need?
This is s a tricky question, because when you start asking this one, you start blending the ingredients of morality and politics into your food.
I’m a chef, not a politician. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about the question. I’d rather leave the political side to the experts.
My role in the debate is to argue my point of view at the restaurant and present the evidence on the table. If you can’t tell the difference at this level, I’m not sure what else I can do. I believe in a free market, and if you like eating off a platter instead of a plate, with portions that can be measured in pounds instead of ounces, it’s your right. It’s just not my preference.
I don’t really know what to do about it other than hope that our culture will someday come to its senses and realize that more is not always equivalent with better, and that the added bonus of extra pounds isn’t really a good payoff for a plateful of food that can easily feed three people.