Fine Dining

Fine dining is generally characterized by exceptional foodstuffs and ingredients meticulously prepared in a restaurant, usually under the supervision of a trained, highly regarded chef; formal service performed at a high level by a well-trained, well-dressed staff; and an aesthetically appointed dining room and table. Prices for fine dining reflect this high degree of complexity and excellence, ranging from moderately expensive to exorbitant. Although accounts of lavish dining date to ancient Greek and Roman banquets and beyond, the term fine dining came into fashion in the 1970s; the practice as we know it today is often traced to the “invention” of the restaurant in late-18th-century France, when dining moved into the public sphere. Long defined by its attention to spectacle and its utility as a ...

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