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crab cakes or succulent lobster tails. You can even get them a gourmet
dessert such as a New York Cheesecake. See our affiliates below for
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ARTICLE ON THE ORIGIN, HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF
An outing has almost become synonymous with eating out in a
restaurant. Today~s restaurants can be traced back to the last part of the
eighteenth century, when they made their appearance in France. They existed
even before this period in the form of taverns and food shops.
The main difference between the two is that, in a tavern, a set menu is
available, for a fixed price, only at a particular time. On the other hand,
a restaurant serves a variety of dishes, each priced, separately to be
from a menu, according to preference, available anytime of the day. The year
1783 set the precedent for restaurants, when the first restaurant was
opened by Beauvilliers, who had served as chef to Comte de Provence (Louis
XVIII), in Palais Royale. The market was full of chefs and otherrelated
personnel from 1789 onwards. Ten years later Beauvilliers left for England,
when his restaurant closed down due to the French Revolution. At this time a
large, number of people left France for England, the richest country in
Europe, and other European countries.
This was a golden period for the restaurant industry. Many chefs who had
earlier fled France because of the Russian revolution and now settled in
England, shifted their talents from preparing food for the nobility to
the illusion of nobility for the bourgeoisie. In the year 1789, the number
of restaurants increased to more than five hundred from a mere 100, in a
matter of about 15 years. Because of this revolution in restaurants number,
dining pattern changed.
Even the boiler room of the kitchen did not remain
unchanged. Count von Rumford invented the `modern kitchen
range~, which became commercially available around the year
1800. Dishes involving instant cooking, such as pan-frying,
dominated the menus in the restaurants. This
revolutionized the eating ~out such that the roasts were
side-lined, reducing the number of dishes on the menu.
The history of restaurants and famous restaurant chains:
The First Restaurant that came to be is supposedly a soup
vendor who opened his business in Paris in 1765.
Cafeteria: In 1891, the YWCA of Kansas City, Mo.,
established the first cafeteria.
The first ever Drive-In Restaurant opened in Glendale,
California in 1936. In Drive in Restaurants the food to the
customer is served while they are sitting in their cars.
This type of restaurants became most popular in around
The Happy Meal concept was introduced by the Mac Donald~s
chain of restaurants. This chain emphasized on standardized
food products, which were produced under strict discipline.
Products like hamburgers, French fries and milk shakes.
First Happy Meal was served in 1777 McDonald's Happy Meals:
Ray Kroc was the pioneer of the fast-food industry with his
worldwide McDonald's enterprise (1954). He revolutionized
the American restaurant industry by imposing discipline on
the production of hamburgers, French fries, and milk
shakes. In 1977. The first McDonald~s ~Happy Meal~ was
regionally tested in St. Louis and served in 1979
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