Saw this article about Rose Beranbaum being charged the so-called forkage fee for bringing her own cake to eat in a restaurant http://nyti.ms/cWfZij and got somewhat confused.
Beranbaum explains what happened that day on her own blog: http://bit.ly/bLS52F condemning the restaurant for its lack of hospitality. Apparently, she got a lot of support.
Personally, I have never even thought of bringing my own food into a restaurant. I've brought my own wine a few times, but that's only because the restaurant doesn't serve wine. Whenever corkage fee applies, I gladly pay. What I want to know is: is it common for people to bring in their own dessert and expect a restaurant to provide utensils at no charge?
Beranbaum gave the server her business card to let him know who she was and even offered a piece of cake to the pastry chef. I'm not saying that's wrong (even though I would never do that even if I were a food celeb), but is this type of thing routinely done? It seems kind of condescending to me.