Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Forty!

Did you know that foods and new dishes are often named for either their creators or for popular stars of the day?

  • Peach Melba was invented by a French chef to honor Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba in 1892.
  • Chicken Tetrazzinin is said to have been named after the San Francisco opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini (1910).
  • Fettucinne Alfredo was created for his wife by Alfredo di Lelio, an early-20th-century Italian chef.
  • Earl Grey tea named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Viscount Howick, and British Prime Minister 1830–1834.
  • Marechal Foch, a hybrid grape variety, named after the French Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch.

Is there anyone that you would like to invent a special dish for?  What would it be?

Here’s a link to a more extensive list of these types of foods (and the origins of their names).

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2 Responses to “Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Forty!”

  1. Ines Di Lelio Says:

    HISTORY OF ALFREDO DI LELIO CREATOR IN 1908 OF “FETTUCCINE ALL’ALFREDO” (OR “FETTUCCINE ALFREDO”), NOW SERVED BY HIS NEPHEW INES DI LELIO, AT THE RESTAURANT “IL VERO ALFREDO” (“ALFREDO DI ROMA”) IN ROME, PIAZZA AUGUSTO IMPERATORE 30

    With reference of your article I have the pleasure to tell you the history of our grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “fettuccine all’Alfredo” (or “fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1908 in restaurant run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). The trattoria of Piazza Rosa is the birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo
    Alfredo di Lelio opened the restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in a street in central Rome, after leaving the restaurant of his mother Angelina. In this local spread the fame, first to Rome and then in the world, of “fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    In 1943, during the war, Di Lelio sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 “Il Vero Alfredo” (“Alfredo di Roma”), which is now managed by his nephew Ines, with the famous “gold cutlery”” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
    See also the site of “Il Vero Alfredo” http://www.ilveroalfredo.it (with news about franchising) .
    I must clarify that other restaurants “Alfredo” in Rome (as Alfredo’s Gallery or Alfredo alla scrofa) do not belong to my brand and are out of my family tradition of “Il Vero Alfredo” in Rome.
    I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    The only resurants “Alfredo di Roma” in Salvador de Bahia (in Brazil), in Mexico City, Cozumel and Puebla (in Mexico), and in Santiago (next opening Chile) are linked with my family tradition and my restaurants.
    Best regards Ines Di Lelio

  2. Tom Rink Says:

    Thank you for this more in-depth history!

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