State Restaurants Pages
Restaurants Definition and History
A restaurant is a culinary establishment that prepares and serves food and drink to paying customers. In ancient China, when peasants brought their
goods to market, they stopped to eat at roadside inns along the way. In ancient Rome, taverns were spaced about 15 miles apart along the Roman road
system, and they provided places for local patrons and travelers to eat and drink, socialize, and rest. At these eating establishments, the chef
determined the meal menus, and patrons often ate at a common table. During the Middle Ages in Europe, taverns and inns continued to provide simple,
prepared meals in the form of soups and stews and ethnic specialties such as shepherd's pie in England and tapas in Spain. During the French
Revolution, chefs who had hitherto served the aristocracy began to open their own restaurants and introduce the general public to more diverse menus and
more sophisticated dining experiences. Today, in our global society, specialty restaurants offer various ethnic cuisines, service styles, and food
groups, and many restaurants offer outdoor dining settings.
An interesting reference to al fresco dining is found in Mark chapter 6, verses 39-42
the New Testament, we read, "And he ordered them to make them all sit down by companies on the green grass. ... And they all ate and were
satisfied". More restaurant information is available on this Restaurant Guide and
|National Restaurant Association - https://www.restaurant.org/ |
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is a large foodservice trade association that supports nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with their state restaurant associations (SRA), the organization represents, and advocates for, foodservice industry interests with state, local and national policymakers. It provides tools and systems that help members of all sizes improve their operating results. And it offers extensive networking, education and research resources.
|USA Restaurant Directory - https://restaurants.regionaldirectory.us/ |
This extensive restaurant directory lists a broad spectrum of eating establishments in virtually every state and county of the United States.
|Nutritionists - https://nutritionists.regionaldirectory.us/about.htm |
Overview of the nutritionist profession, with a brief discussion of nutrition careers in the food service industry.
|French Cuisine - https://french-restaurants.regionaldirectory.us/french-cuisine.htm |
Overview of French cuisine, with discussions of regional culinary specialties and French restaurant careers.
|Italian Cuisine - https://italian-foods.regionaldirectory.us/italian-cuisine.htm |
Overview of Italian cuisine, with discussions of regional culinary specialties and Italian cooking careers.
|Japanese Cuisine - https://japanese-restaurants.regionaldirectory.us/japanese-cuisine.htm |
Overview of Japanese cuisine, with a discussion of washoku, which means the harmony of food.
|Restaurant Industry Trends - https://www.restaurantindustrytrends.com/ |
This NPD Group website is a foodservice industry resource for trends and performance indicators such as traffic, consumer spending, same-store sales, check size, and consumer demographics.