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Another thought to ponder: how military foodservice impacted civilian industry.
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...
Did you know the word restaurant is derived from the French word restaurer which means to restore?
The first French restaurants [pre-revolution] were not fancy gourmet establishments run by ex-aristocratic chefs.
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.
Medieval travelers dined at inns, taverns, monestaries and hostelries.