Step 1: Put a White Board on the Table, Get Out Your Food and Label
The erase board also protected the MDF table really well, even when a whole bunch of chicken curry freed itself from its cardboard container.
Once the meal is over you can clean off the table and wipe off your labels at the same time.
When the table isn't being used to serve meals you can sit down for a meeting and sketch out your ideas right on the table surface!
All in all it turned out to be a pretty useful application of a pretty low-tech idea.