Feast vs banquet

Table after banqueting before dessert

It’s a long story, but around here, “it’s a feast,” announced at the onset of a group meal, has a complicated history that’s become a bit loaded. We’re trying out substitute vocabulary: banquet.

The noun form works perfectly, but the wrinkle is in the verb—they aren’t as interchangeable.

The photo is at the pre-dessert lag when we all hoped what we’d consumed would compact to make room for…two kinds of pie! With fresh-whipped cream!