Professional Caterers

St. Odoric de Pordenone observed around 1300 while visiting a Franciscan friar in Zhengzhou, China. Their professional caterers would cook banquets for dinner party hosts that preferred not to cook for their guests. St. Odoric de Pordenone also noted that Zhengzhou had numerous restaurants, tea houses, and taverns.
      St. Odoric de Pordenone
      Zhengzhou, China

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