What is the meaning of 'spread' in the following sentence:
Here we’ve provided a nice charcuterie spread and a healthy selection of vegetables.
Probably sense 30 of spread here:
Informal. an abundance of food set out on a table; feast.
The original paragraph talks about how one hosts a tech meetup. Reading the paragraph, we can relate 'enjoyable and tasty food' to avoid the distraction of those hungry people!
No one should go hungry, least of all when they’re in your care as a meetup host. The golden hour for most meetups is right after work and ends well past dinnertime. Hungry people are easily distracted, so maintaining interest goes hand in hand with keeping appetites satisfied. Here we’ve provided a nice charcuterie spread and a healthy selection of vegetables. Trays of small, non-messy snacks are perfect for sharing with strangers while socializing.
I always associated 'spread' with a large selection distributed so that it takes up an impressive amount of space on the table. So pretty much 'spread out' on the table.
charcuterie spread could alsos be the tentative English translation of the French
pâté : "Pâté (UK /ˈpæteɪ/ or US /pɑːˈteɪ/; French pronunciation: [pɑte]) is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste"