Do you often go out for lunch in Denver, or do you pack your own and eat at your desk?
Like breakfast, lunch is a meal that often gets skipped. Millions of us are busy at work and can’t stop for a break. But despite that, every day many people go out for lunch in Denver, looking to eat a great meal and re-energize for the rest of the afternoon. Lunch is an important part of the day not just for nutrition, but business is often conducted in the middle of the day in diners and restaurants all around the world. So while you’re probably used to eating lunch, how much to do you know about the history of this traditional meal?
The word lunch is short for luncheon and originally meant to be a smaller meal inserted between breakfast and dinner to help fuel the worker during long days of harvesting. During the Middle Ages the main meal took place a mid-day when it was still light outside. During the 17th and 18th centuries the dinner hour was pushed back further into the night, making the stretch of time between it and breakfast longer, making lunch necessary. Up until the 19th century luncheon was something for ladies to do while their husbands were out. As the world started to industrialize and men worked longer hours, they needed a luncheon as well. Initially they were sent home to eat a meal prepared by their wives, but the need for convenience drove them to bring food that could easily be eaten at work. Eventually lunch services started to be offered at wagons and stalls near factories.
Today lunch means a lot of things to people. For many it is a quick sandwich packed from home. For others it is a welcome opportunity to get out of the office and socialize with friends and coworkers. For lunch in Denver many people turn to favorite dishes like burgers, sandwiches, salads, sushi, and pizza. In Russia the midday meal is eaten in the afternoon and it is larger than dinner. It usually consists of a soup course, and a main course of meat with a side dish, and tea is traditionally served. In Spain lunch takes place between 1:00 and 3:00, and as late as 4:00 in the southern part of the country. It is the main meal and features three courses like dinner. They also enjoy dessert with coffee or a small amount of liquor. In Denmark lunch is a light meal usually consisting of something like rye bread with pate and cheese.
If you’re looking for a delicious and affordable lunch in Denver, then make Gunther Toody’s your midday tradition.