Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 11:43:21 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: throwed rolls At 09:40 AM 1/5/98 -0600, you wrote: >Oh yes, and there is no metaphor involved here. There is a restaurant in >Missouri that started this "tradition". The name of the place and town >escapes me now, but the gist of it is that you go in, sit down and the food is >brought to your table in large serving bowls -- like people used to do at home >before we became addicted to the television. A server walks through the >dining area asking if anyone wants a roll. If you raise your hand, the server >then throws you a roll. Hopefully you will catch said roll. I've never been >to the place in Missouri, but I know several folks who have and they all >seemed to enjoy their experience. I'm still into "pass the rolls, please" - I >don't relish the thought of someone throwing anything to me at the dinner >table. > > I believe several other places have picked up on this "down-home" type >dining and copied the place in Missouri. > > >Bonnie Briggs >The University of Memphis > O, I get it now: it's a gimmick, part of a theme restaurant. The formation "throwed rolls" probably plays off of past-participle/noun collocations used for particular versions of foods which have undergone a certain action as part of the food-prep process: filled/stuffed rolls or buns, raised muffins, beaten biscuits, mashed potatoes, **tossed salad** (maybe that's the joke here?), etc. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]