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May 2012

The Dining Room


The Dining Room

There was a time in our history when eating outside of the home was only done out of necessity; when traveling or living arrangements so dictated.  Dining options other than hotels and boarding houses could be disgraceful; often associated with prostitution, drinking and gambling. They certainly weren’t suitable for ladies or children.  The concept of what we recognize as a restaurant today originated in 18th-century France.  The French continued to set the standard for fine dining for the next 200 years.  The first modern restaurant to open in the United States was Delmonico’s in New York in 1830. Delmonico’s was also the first restaurant to make public dining acceptable for women, opening a ladies dining room in 1868 which immediately...

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Dan CurdI found my interest in writing by accident. My training and first job was as a graphic designer. Unemployed, the only employment I could find in advertising at that time was as a copywriter. Somehow, I convinced Richard Newman & Associates to hire me. Later I learned they were desperate. Madison has been my home off and on since 1957 (nonstop for the past 31 years). I write about food, which I love. – Dan Curd

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