Sep 3, 2010

What's in a Name

Alfredo di Lelio, an Italian chef, was concerned about his wife who was feeling weak after recently giving birth. He prepared a sauce made from cream, butter and Parmesan cheese to help her regain strength. He then added fettuccine and a wonderful new Italian dish was born, Fettuccine Alfredo. It jumped in popularity in the United States when Hollywood couple Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford tried the recipe at Alfredo’s restaurant on their honeymoon in Rome.

Helen Porter Mitchell began her opera career and became a famous singer with the stage name Nellie Melba. While staying at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1897, Auguste Escoffier invented Melba Toast in her honor (very thinly sliced and toasted bread usually served with soups). Around the same time, Escoffier and C├ęsar Ritz met and team up to create the first Ritz Hotel.