August 18th, 2016
SOME CLASSIC DISHES HAD SOME PRETTY CLASSIC BEGINNINGS
With as many origin myths as there are ways to prepare them, French Fries originated in either Belgium or France. One charming tale claims that French fries were invented by Parisian street vendors on the Pont Neuf bridge in 1789, just before the French revolution.
FISH AND CHIPS
Fried fish is thought to have been brought to England by refugee Sephardic Jews from Spain in the 17th century. So it’s no surprise that the very first Fish and Chip shop supposedly opened in East London by the Jewish immigrant Joseph Malin in 1860.
THE CLUB SANDWICH
The best bet as to the origin of Club or Clubhouse Sandwich is the famous Saratoga Club-House. The posh men’s-only gaming house in upstate Saratoga Springs, New York started serving the ‘Club’ sandwich in 1894. Of course, it only makes sense that the same establishment invented… you guessed it, the potato chip in 1853. Without which, a club wouldn’t really be a club.
Legend has it that the spicy idea of cooking wings in a hot sauce happened late one night in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, when co-owner Teressa Bellissimo cooked leftover wings in hot sauce as a late-night snack for her son and his friends. The boys loved them and bang, Buffalo wings were on the Anchor Bar’s menu the next day.
All hail Caesar Cardini who is most often credited for this oh so tasty salad concoction. The inventive Mr. Cardini – who ran two restaurants, one in Tijuana, the other in San Diego – is said to have first made the dish on a very busy 4th of July in 1924. Running out of ingredients, Caesar started to make do with what was on hand. And presto… another classic was born.
THE REUBEN SANDWICH
All we know for certain, is that it was invented by a guy named Reuben. What’s not so clear is whether it was Reuben Kulakofsky of Omaha, Nebraska, for his weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel or Arnold Reuben of New York’s famed midtown Reuben’s Delicatessen.