This is a start... defining the how-we-eat question. I keep thinking it's very clear. I say, "I'm interested in the casual eating spectrum." And people go, huh? I needed to define my terms, how do I define the quality or range of what eating is. Where and how it's served makes most sense - the space and service (or lack of).
My scope is American metropolises. Specific cities on the West coast, East coast, and Chicago to rep the mid-west. These are not random, I've "lived" in all of these cities. (I'm stretching that claim a bit... I haven't lived in Chicago, Boston, or New York but close enough)
Age and class are considerable factors, however I won't be addressing them here. I will politely decline to go down those rabbit holes. Here the focus will be on how to access value in casual eating, not much more and not much less.
This is also a start to a system I'm developing. The associations across the eating spectrum will be applied like cross hatching. What do I mean? cross hatch is a layering technique I used in printmaking, a patterning effect that can be heavily or lightly overlapped. I mean to use this word because related words don’t quite work. cross hatch is more complex… I realize it’s less clear but that’s my point. I want to mix, match, crisscross, layer, divide, multiply, add, subtract, (I could go on) the components of western-eating. Cross hatch is a technique that comes to mind and emcompasses all the verbage above.
Why should people care?
Cross hatching the western ways of eating will add value to the lower spectrum of eating. The purpose is to propose how modern mealtimes and mealspaces could be. It will be engaging, cheerful, inviting and satisfying.