Chances are you have enjoyed a Caesar Salad or two in your day, but do you know how this popular dish came into existence?
The story begins with Italian immigrant and serial restaurateur, Caesar Cardini.
In the 1920’s prohibition was in full effect, and it was taking a toll on the restaurant industry. Where most saw a challenge Caesar saw an opportunity.
He opened up a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico under his own name (Caesar’s) in order to escape the restrictions and profit from the nightlife of the border city.
His gamble was rewarded and his restaurant was a success!
During the 4th of July rush, in 1924, he realized they had ran out of most supplies!
He had two options:
- Close for the night.
- Get creative with the limited supplies he had on hand.
Not being one to back down, the creative chef grabbed a few basic ingredients and combined them into what is now one of the most popular salads in the world.
The original ingredients were: Romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and black pepper. (Anchovies would later be added by his brother.)
Our chef understood dining is about the experience as much as it is about the food. He made it a habit to toss the salad tableside for his guest.
The delicious flavors of the salad combined with Caesar’s showmanship quickly made this salad a favorite in Hollywood. The popularity soon spread world wide.
We love how a positive attitude and a little bit of creativity can turn a challenging situation into one of the most successful and delicious dishes ever made!