The History of and Comparison of the Food Service Industry

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The foodservice industry has been around for thousands of years. In fact its earliest records can be dated during the stone-age. During Pangaea the first recorded multi-person feeding was in the Denmark/Orkney Isles area. Around the same time there have been documents of Swiss lake dwellers eating in groups by 5000 BC. Later in 500 BC Egyptian and Assyrian records showed evidence of great feast that sported both beer and wine. Since then more evidences of lavish banquets and feats have been discovered. From the stone-age to the ancient civilizations, to the age of the Romans to international renaissance eras large and small food-service events have dotted different cultural histories including right here in the states. Even before the US gained its independence, the colonies had many eateries. Places like general stores often also would sell food for people to eat right in the shop. Today many places have included the idea of shopping and eating like Macy’s or Target. Many department stores have contracted other business to sell the food. For example Target might contract Subway to sell in their stores. As time progressed more public places such as hospitals started to serve often low-grade meals to those coming and going or working there. Other places such as colleges would serve their students in a “family-style” where the food would be brought out and the students would pass the dishes around. After World War II the food service industry really took off. Institutions, schools, and even non-food related businesses started to serve. Another thing that took off was the fast-food or quick-service idea. This included things like McDonalds or Wendy’s. Other business like Golden Corral incorporated the concept of buffets with to-go or doggie-bags. In each of these places the development of menus has been vital to the success of the establishment. Menus are simply a list of items that an establishment serves. This can encompass anything from desserts to beverages,...
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