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Historians tell us the genesis of food service dates back to ancient times.
Street vendors and public cooks (caterers) were readily available in Ancient Rome.
It was a coffee house, hence the word "cafe." Cafes were places educated people went to share ideas and new discoveries.
Patrons spent several hours in these establishments in one "sitting." This trend caught on in Europe on the 17th century.
Religious orders and royal households were among the earliest practitioners of quantity food production...
Records show that the food preparation carried out by the abbey brethren reached a much higher standard than food served in the inns at that time...
In Germany, Austria, and Alsace, Brauereien and Weinstuben served delicatessen, sauerkraut, and cheese, for example; in Spain bodegas served tapas.The French Revolution launched the modern the restaurant industry.It relaxed the legal rights of guilds that [since the Middle Ages] were licensed by the king to control specific foods [eg.Menus, offering dishes individually portioned, priced and prepared to order, were introduced to the public for the first time. This was the first restaurant in the modern sense of the term." ---Larousse Gastronomiqe, completely revised and updated [Clarkson Potter: New York] 1999 (p. Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau in Paris, 1766 "According to Spang, the forgotten inventor was Mathurin Roze de Chantoiseau, a figure so perfectly emblematic of his time that he almost seems like an invention himself.The son of a landowner and merchant, Roze moved to Paris in the early 1760s and began floating a variety of schemes he believed would enrich him and his country at the same time."