Why we enjoy dining out and dining outdoors even more.
As it turns out, the reasons we enjoy dining out are many and varied. The reasons we like outdoor dining are fewer and easily understood.
Today there is a dining out experience available to almost any pocketbook. These days people seek out restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner—and on weekends, brunch.
There are even studies that show that employees who leave their work site or office to eat lunch like their jobs better, while those who eat at their desks are “…likely to feel more miserable, possibly damaging their productivity.”
Some say they eat out because they don’t want to cook. Few admit to dining out because they can’t cook. But, apparently, for most of us dining out is an event—and that makes the occurrence all the more enjoyable.
Some of the other reasons people say they dine out include a sense of higher status, because it is more convenient or because they just enjoy being where other people are. According to Chicago Magazine, others point out they go out to enjoy the atmosphere—which can vary from upscale and formal—to exciting and exotic—to relaxed and rustic—to loud and spirited.
Whatever the kind of hospitality—or cuisine—you seek, you can find it at one of the 40 plus independently owned and operated spots that fly the SJHotChefs standard. Check out our entire roster of great restaurants.
It was Chicago’s Al Capone who declared, “When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.”
Hospitality and atmosphere are enhanced as the temperature warms for then we not only dine out, we dine outside. It’s called al fresco by some; by many, actually.
Al fresco is Italian for “in the cool [air].” Interestingly, Italians do not use that term for outdoor dining but mostly for being in jail! Closer is the term “al fresco motoring,” which refers to driving in a convertible with the top down.
Outdoor restaurant dining gravitated to America from Europe, where restaurants were small so tables were placed on the sidewalk to accommodate more patrons.
Of course, some would point out that outdoor dining was a way of life in the Old West, but we can’t picture John Wayne saying he was going to dine al fresco by the campfire!
But, let’s face it, both Americans and Europeans—people everywhere—just enjoy being in the fresh air. Add good food and beverage to that and what you have is a very pleasurable experience.
Here are some other reasons people say they enjoy dining al fresco:
“Food tastes better.” Nobody can prove that, but it sure seems like it.
“Winter is gone.” Even in a temperate climate like we have in South Jersey, we spend much of our time inside during the winter months. So, when the sun comes out and the thermometer climbs, we just love being in the outdoors—especially when we eat.
“It’s more romantic.” It’s not just a gal thing. Who doesn’t get in a good mood with good food by candlelight under the stars? Come on, you know you do!
Outdoor dining begins in the Spring and gets really going in the summer. The Summer Solstice (beginning of summer) this year is June 21.at 10:01 a.m. In case you want to celebrate with us, please make your reservations today.
We SJHotChefs will celebrate the warm months with a new SJHotChefs Farm & Fork from July 24 to 30. Stay tuned for details.