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Quiche Lorraine, Bananas Foster, etc.

Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 02:57 PM

I'm trying to compile a list of dishes (not brands) that are named after specific people or places -- quiche Lorraine, crepes Suzette, bananas Foster, crab Louis, eggs Benedict, etc.

Care to contribute any others? If you know the story behind the name, so much the better!


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  1. MMRuth RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 03:01 PM

    Peach Melba (opera singer, I think), Pavlova (ballerina), Veal Oscar, Beef Stroganoff, anything Milanese, come to mind.

    1. Ed Dibble RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 03:03 PM

      Beef Wellington, Chicken Marengo, Caesar salad, tournedos Rossini.


      1. Glencora RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 03:28 PM

        Oysters Rockefeller

        1. Infomaniac RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 04:14 PM


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            Fleur RE: Infomaniac Oct 26, 2006 07:33 AM

            The Mille Feuille aka Napolean was NOT named after the little Emperor. It was a derivation of the word Napolitan, someone from Naples.

          2. Das Ubergeek RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 04:28 PM

            Waldorf salad. Melba toast. Sauce Escoffier. Burning Bush.

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              HollyDolly RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 04:46 PM

              Waldorf salad was named I believe for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.Yes peach melba was named for a famous opera singer and Pavlova for the famous ballerina.
              Saratoga Chips,which people also call potato chips are named for the town of Saratoga,Ny and were invented there.
              Chicken Marengo was named after the Battle of Marengo.

              1. Striver RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 04:54 PM

                Lobster Newburg (there's a story about a Mr. Wenburg)
                Spaghetti Caruso (with chicken livers)
                Melba Toast (yes, same opera singer)

                ...and let's not forget General Tso and his famous chicken...

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                  Pat Hammond RE: Striver Oct 17, 2006 05:18 PM

                  Or the Earl of Sandwich

                2. Davwud RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 05:21 PM

                  Thousand Islands Dressing. The owner of the Waldorf in NYC had a place there and had his chef come up with a unique salad dressing, which he so named.

                  Buffalo Wings, obvious.

                  Neopolitain pizza/ice cream. Something to do with Naples I guess.

                  Baby Ruth, named after the company owners daughter I believe. I know it's not named after George Herman Ruth.

                  Mars bar. Named after the Mars family who was big in the candy bar business.

                  NY strip loin steak, obvious again.

                  Cincinatti chili. So named after the city of origin.

                  Just a few that come to mind.


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                    Covert Ops RE: Davwud Oct 17, 2006 08:06 PM

                    There are actually several ideas over who "Ruth" is, includign President Grover Cleveland's daughter:

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                      Davwud RE: Covert Ops Oct 17, 2006 09:34 PM

                      That's the one I know. I knew it was someone.


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                      Ed Dibble RE: Davwud Oct 17, 2006 11:47 PM

                      Mars family still owns the candy company.

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                      Blueicus RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 05:39 PM

                      Tarte Tatin, Philly Cheesesteak (ok, so no one in Philly would call it that, but everyone else on the continent does).

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                        Janet RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 05:47 PM

                        Hot Browns from the Brown Hotel in Louisville.

                        1. DanaB RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 06:07 PM

                          Pasta sauces: Bolognese, Genovese, Napolitana, Romana

                          Insalata Caprese.

                          Baked Alaska

                          1. Tee RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 06:39 PM

                            How could i be the first to think of that?

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                              writergirl RE: Tee Oct 18, 2006 12:12 AM

                              Were these really named after someone named Nacho (Ignacio?)

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                                Das Ubergeek RE: writergirl Oct 18, 2006 01:37 AM

                                Nacho is a common nickname for men in northern Mexico.

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                                  writergirl RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 18, 2006 10:44 PM

                                  No kidding...that's why I mentioned Ignacio, the name Nacho is the derivative of. I'm wondering if Nachos were named after a person named Nacho, like the Cesar salad is supposedly named after Tijuana's C├ęsar Cardini.

                            2. blue room RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 07:06 PM

                              Manhattan and New England clam chowders. Frankfurters, hamburgers. Kaiser roll, potatoes O'Brien. Denver omelet, Martha Washington cake.

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                                Sharuf RE: blue room Oct 18, 2006 09:23 AM

                                I lived in Frankfurt and never saw a frankfurter there. The indigenous sausage is a big white bratwurst.

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                                  lil mikey RE: Sharuf Oct 18, 2006 10:52 AM

                                  But in Hamburg, you can get a hamburger.

                              2. ipsedixit RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 07:13 PM

                                Shirley Temple

                                California Roll

                                1. frenetica RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 07:30 PM

                                  - Gimlet (after Sir Thomas Gimlette, a naval surgeon who helped wipe out scurvy by recommending lime juice rations)
                                  - Joan Collins (a Tom Collins made with vodka)

                                  - Fettucine Alfredo
                                  - Cherry Garcia ice cream from B&J
                                  - Garibaldi biscuits, after Giuseppe Garibaldi who unified modern Italy (these are British, dunno if you can get them in the US - we also call them fly biscuits because the raisins look like smashed flies)
                                  - Many French culinary basics: Bechamel, mirepoix - all EPONYMS

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                                    Katie Nell RE: frenetica Oct 17, 2006 08:56 PM

                                    And for a short time from Ben and Jerry's, Fred and Ginger... ginger ice cream with chocolate bow ties.

                                  2. Covert Ops RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 08:04 PM

                                    Salad nicoise (for Nice, France)

                                    Harvey Wallbanger :-P

                                    Other B&J ice creams, like Phish Food, etc.

                                    Chicken Kiev

                                    1. chowser RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 08:49 PM

                                      Wiener schnitzel (or viener...)

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                                        cheryl_h RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 09:00 PM

                                        Fig Newtons, after the town of Newton MA (according to one version).

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                                          Marsha RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 09:05 PM

                                          Joe's Special (hamburger, eggs, spinach, garlic, olive oil scramble from San Francisco).

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                                            Marsha RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 09:06 PM

                                            And Hangtown Fry.

                                            1. Pei RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 09:16 PM

                                              Yang Chow fried rice, West Lake soup, and Peking Duck are some Chinese contribution to the list.

                                              Shirley Temple, Roy Rogers.

                                              1. Davwud RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 09:37 PM

                                                Denver Omlette.

                                                Spanish Omlette

                                                Brunswick Stew

                                                Where's Texas Toast to chime in on this.

                                                Mississippi Mud Pie

                                                Boston Cream Pie

                                                NY Strip Steak

                                                Boston Baked Beans

                                                It's an endless list. Fun though


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                                                  PrincessBakesALot RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 11:16 PM

                                                  Can't forget the Arnold Palmer, and isn't there some kind of casserole called Johnny Mazzetti?

                                                  1. jillp RE: Paul Lukas Oct 17, 2006 11:38 PM

                                                    Mayonnaise, after Port Mahon

                                                    Key limes

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                                                      Ed Dibble RE: jillp Oct 17, 2006 11:46 PM

                                                      Possible that mayonaise is from the Duke of Mayenne in northern France, rather than the battle. See:


                                                    2. MaspethMaven RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 12:05 AM

                                                      Apple Brown Betty
                                                      Pommes Anna
                                                      Belgian Frites/ French Fries
                                                      Boston Cream Pie
                                                      Berliner (I am a Jelly Donut!)
                                                      Brussel Sprouts
                                                      Cheddar Cheese
                                                      Point Reyes Blue Cheese
                                                      Maytag Blue
                                                      Jamon Iberico

                                                      basically anything with an AOC designation...

                                                      1. Cpt Wafer RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 12:12 AM

                                                        Pizza Margarite

                                                        Beaufort Stew

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                                                          KitchenAid RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 01:50 AM

                                                          Eggs Sardou

                                                          Tarte Tatin

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                                                            Pei RE: KitchenAid Oct 18, 2006 03:36 AM

                                                            Has someone already said eggs benedict?

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                                                              Glencora RE: Pei Oct 18, 2006 03:39 PM

                                                              And was it actually named after someone? What about eggs blackstone?

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                                                                Pei RE: Glencora Oct 18, 2006 05:14 PM

                                                                Legend has it that someone requested it at Delmonico's in NYC, and his last name was Benedict. http://www.brunch.org/eggsbenedict/ar...

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                                                                  KitchenAid RE: Glencora Oct 18, 2006 06:26 PM

                                                                  Eggs Sardou was named for Victorien Sardou

                                                                  from whatscookingamerica.net

                                                                  "Eggs Sardou (sahr-DOO) - This is one of New Orleans' grand egg dishes, created, as were so many classic dishes, at the famous Antoine's Restaurant. It consists of poached eggs, topped with creamed spinach, artichoke hearts, and hollandaise sauce.

                                                                  History: Legend has it that Antoine Alciatore (18224-1877) created this dish especially for French playwright Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) on the occasion of a dinner he hosted for the playwright. During the 19th century, Sardou produced light comedies, satiric tragedies, and historical dramas such as La Tosca. Sardou is considered one of the greatest figures of the Art Nouveau culture and his plays were popular in America."

                                                                  Tarte Tatin was named after 2 sisters who created the dish. it was their last name.

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                                                              scenicrec RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 04:36 AM

                                                              Gateau St. Honore (patron saint of pastry chefs)
                                                              Sacher Torte (self-named for the pastry chef who created it)
                                                              Lady Baltimore cake
                                                              Hoppin' John
                                                              Anadama Bread (Vermont speak for "Anna, damn her!")
                                                              Brunswick Stew
                                                              Welsh Rarebit (dinner for when Welsch rabbit hunters return empty-handed)
                                                              Paris Brest (bicycle race between Paris and Brest)

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                                                                serious RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 09:42 AM

                                                                And the Lord of Sandwich?

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                                                                  ali patts RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 11:14 AM

                                                                  omelette Arnold Bennet. Can't believe no-one has mentioned it yet!

                                                                  1. pinstripeprincess RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 02:55 PM

                                                                    bakewell tart?

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                                                                      fryrose RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 03:19 PM

                                                                      Denver omelette

                                                                      pasta puttanesca!!--you said named after people


                                                                      wieners--for Vienna frankfurters--for Frankfort and how about vienna franks--is that what those little franks in a can are called?
                                                                      Hot German potato salad

                                                                      1. Striver RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 04:15 PM

                                                                        Some places:

                                                                        English muffins, Dover sole
                                                                        Irish oatmeal
                                                                        Scotch eggs
                                                                        Belgian waffles
                                                                        French toast, French dip
                                                                        <your choice of> Danish
                                                                        Swedish meatballs
                                                                        Spanish rice
                                                                        Greek salad
                                                                        Turkish taffy, Turkish delight
                                                                        Chicken Kiev
                                                                        Madras curry, Bombay duck

                                                                        In NJ, there's a Hoboken sandwich (but I've never seen it anywhere else)...and if we're having drinks with dinner, don't neglect a Bronx, a Manhattan, a Singapore Sling, a Berliner Weiss, a glass of Port or Sherry, or - to cover it all - a Cosmopolitan!

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                                                                          lizzy RE: Paul Lukas Oct 18, 2006 04:35 PM

                                                                          Cobb salad, it was named after the Brown Derby's owner Robert H. Cobb.

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                                                                            lemon RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 04:47 AM

                                                                            Chicken Arlene Frances.

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                                                                              bryan RE: lemon Oct 19, 2006 05:09 AM

                                                                              I'm not getting much about this on google. Would you elaborate please?

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                                                                                serious RE: bryan Oct 19, 2006 10:17 AM

                                                                                It's a recipe from the Joy of Jello.

                                                                            2. SnackHappy RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 05:59 AM

                                                                              Queen Elizabeth Cake
                                                                              Linzer Torte
                                                                              Nanaimo Bars

                                                                              1. Melanie RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 12:58 PM

                                                                                Long Island Iced Tea

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                                                                                  lemon RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 03:09 PM

                                                                                  Chicken Arlene Frances was something my aunt served, to rave reviews, maybe around 1965. She was evasive for a long time about the recipe but eventually revealed: one jar apricot jam,
                                                                                  one package Lipton Onion Soup. Mix thorughly. Cover chicken and bake. I think there was also a teaspoon of lemon zest involved. Not sure it would hold up today but was delicious then. Evidently Arlene Frances was a lot less embarrassed about the ingredients to Chicken Arlene than certain other people.

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                                                                                    serious RE: lemon Oct 19, 2006 04:13 PM

                                                                                    This sounds a lot like Chicken Connie Frances.

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                                                                                    pizzaguy RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 04:19 PM

                                                                                    German Chocolate Cake.

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                                                                                      Covert Ops RE: pizzaguy Oct 19, 2006 05:01 PM

                                                                                      Oh, that's interesting! I always assumed it was German from the country. See what a wonder the Internet is! :-D

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                                                                                        Davwud RE: Covert Ops Oct 19, 2006 06:24 PM

                                                                                        And I thought I knew everything.


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                                                                                      jmnewel RE: Paul Lukas Oct 19, 2006 05:31 PM

                                                                                      Just to clarify, quiche Lorraine is named after an area in France, not a person named Lorraine.

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                                                                                        DanaB RE: jmnewel Oct 19, 2006 05:54 PM

                                                                                        The original poster was asking for foods named for people OR places.

                                                                                      2. chica RE: Paul Lukas Oct 20, 2006 02:12 AM

                                                                                        French Dip sandwich. http://www.philippes.com/restaurant/

                                                                                        Arnold Palmer

                                                                                        Maytag Blue Cheese. http://www.foodreference.com/html/fma...

                                                                                        Crepes Suzette.

                                                                                        In fact, this website holds countless histories of foods. Just click on Food History Articles.

                                                                                        1. Ed Dibble RE: Paul Lukas Oct 20, 2006 11:34 PM

                                                                                          How could I forget Monterey Jack cheese. Early on, Monterey was a big dairy area and one of the most prominent local dairymen was surnamed Jacks. So it was Monterey Jacks cheese.


                                                                                          1. toodie jane RE: Paul Lukas Oct 22, 2006 03:28 PM

                                                                                            Pismo clams

                                                                                            Santa Maria Style BBQ (a whole meal of oak pit roasted top block, stewed pinquito beans, and salsa)


                                                                                            1. Karl S RE: Paul Lukas Oct 26, 2006 12:12 PM

                                                                                              And...roll the drums for the dish immortalized by Sue Ann Nivens 30 years ago: Veal Orloff, the dish that waits for nobody.

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                                                                                                Jimmy RE: Paul Lukas Oct 26, 2006 06:58 PM

                                                                                                Turkey Tetrazzini ( after Luisa Tetrazzini, a soprano whose appetite for food was exceeded only by her appetite for Men )
                                                                                                Veal Oskar ( after Norway's King Oscar )
                                                                                                Lobster Fra Diavolo ( obviously after the Prince of Darkness )
                                                                                                ...and the most notable dish of all..Vongole Matarazzo !
                                                                                                Named , of course, after Myself. :)

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