Who Invented Takeaway Food?
The idea of serving food and taking it away is as ancient as humanity
From ruin of Pompeii to McDonald
We can already find in the ruins of Pompeii the “thermopolia” “kitchen shops” that served hot food for hungry Romans, the same idea was carried out by the sellers in the Aztec markets who offered “tamales” on the streets of the ancient in Nahuatl Āltepētl Mēxihco (City of Mexico). This shows how delivery food has almost always existed and spans various cultures and cuisines. In 14th-century Paris, butchers often sent their wares directly from the butcher to the homes of wealthy families in the city, while in the Dabbawalla cohorts in Mumbai In India, local businesses and cooperatives had begun supplying workers with boxes of tiffin within the end of the 19th century.
The industrial revolution saw an increase in the availability of takeaway food. At the turn of the 20th century, fish and chips were regarded as an “established institution” in Britain. The diets of industrial workers were often poor, and these meals provided an “important component” to their diets
In the same period, hamburger was introduced in America. In the twentieth century, the idea of take-away food was developed on an industrial scale especially in American culture alongside fast food. Those of us who do not know KFC, MC Donald, Burger King, or others, in general, can see how the development of fast food is closely linked to takeaway food.
This way of serving food, in turn, we can associate with the transformations in modern society. Life is in constant motion with tight times between work, home and fun.
Each generation rediscovers fast food and take-away food in its way
In recent years we have noticed more and more popularity of #foodtruck and proposals of the already well-known #Burger in various, creative and innovative hipster versions
It is important to note that the containers used so far made of polystyrene and plastic are responsible for environmental contamination. Since this type of disposable product does not degrade under normal conditions and is left in the environment they need hundreds of years to degrade.
In the last period, we are rediscovering and promoting alternatives made of various materials, cornstarch, cellulose fiber, or different types of biodegradable plastic can replace the technologies used so far and allow that the useful and practical concept of take-away food is not linked to contamination and lack of responsibility for our environment.
The concept of takeaway food returns with greater force to today’s situation in which the spread of the coronavirus and the measures that governments have taken in various countries affect the catering sector. Finding a way to bring food to the people who #stayathome can be an alternative and possibility to continue the activity of the various restaurants that allows you to bring the joy of eating something good and fast despite the current coronavirus situation.
Let’s bring the little joys of a good bite to this difficult situation for all of us.
Ecocleo participates in this situation by offering a wide range of takeaway containers to all those who need them.