Restaurant Trend – Communal Tables

Restaurant Trend – Communal Tables

One of the most noticeable restaurant trends in recent years has been the increasing use of large, communal tables.  More and more frequently the experience of dining out involves rubbing elbows – literally – with fellow diners.  Although communal tables certainly...
20th & 21st Century American Restaurants

20th & 21st Century American Restaurants

Perhaps the biggest American contribution to restaurant trends is the franchise.  The French model persisted in America (and elsewhere) until the end of WWII, after which chains started popping up across the United States.  Some of the first – White Castle...
Types of Barbecue

Types of Barbecue

Did you know that not barbecue is the same?  Although the basic technique is the same everywhere – cooking the meat for a long time over low, indirect heat – the similarities end there.  Across the southern US there are a number of regional approaches, each one...
Restaurants with Dress Codes

Restaurants with Dress Codes

Over the decades, dining out has become a much more casual experience, even at restaurants serving high end cuisine.  The culture is today, at least comparatively, less stuffy.  Additionally, during the economic crash of the first decade of the 2000s and fewer people...
The Origins of Hospitality

The Origins of Hospitality

An important value in the ancient Greek world was xenia – hospitality.  There were highly respected social codes to be followed when guests arrived, whether their arrival was planned or not.  Homer depicts several such scenes in the Odyssey.  For example, when...
Rise of the Restaurant

Rise of the Restaurant

After the French Revolution, the ruling and aristocratic classes were overthrown, and as a result the chefs in their homes found themselves suddenly out of work.  They took their culinary skills to a new kind of establishment – the restaurant – the basic model of...

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