To eat, typically of a manner more associated to mess hall or cafeteria and is casual, with less emphasis on being formal, or of care for manners and etiquette and more for just simply enjoying the food, drink and company.
A gathering for consumption of food, drinks, sometimes ravenously, or in a party style or quick manner.
Can also be associated to male bonding - cavemen, campground, trench style dining.
Its synonymous with the term chowdown.
At break time, we have only minutes to really throwdown.