For this challenge, I've chosen to go with the wedgie. Oops, I mean Wedge! I've made and reviewed http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/green-salad/parmesan-peppercorn-wedge-salad.html?p=26 by Mikekey.
Being one of the last to report completion, many of the fun facts surrounding wedge salads have already been put forth. But nevertheless, there are some things you may not know, relating to salads, wedge salads, and Delmonico's!
1. Oscar Tucci established traditions that spread throughout the restaurant industry as a whole, and even throughout popular culture. For instance, it was Oscar's Delmonico that came up with the term "86", as in "to drop something". If a restaurant runs out of a menu item it is said to be "86'ed". The story goes like this: Menu item 86 was very popular and it often would run out. So the term "86" became slang for "we're out of that". Within a short period of time, all the restaurants in NYC had adopted the term, and it spread out to the reest of the world from there. The term even took on other linguistic uses, such as "86 that", whih means to stop doing or saying something.
2. Another interesting thing I found is that many dishes are said to have been invented at Delmonico's, but other places claim them, too! Among those dishes are: Chicken a la King (aka Chicken a la Keene), Eggs Benedict, Baked Alaska, Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Newberg, and Manhattan Clam Chowder.
3. Oscar Tucci was originally from Florence, Italy.
I found it interesting that the word "salad" comes from the Latin word for salt ("sal"). In Roman times, salads consisted mostly of salted vegetables glazed with an oil and vinegar dressing. The French eventually coined the term "salade", which is where our term "salad" comes from.
I really loved the dressing on the Wedge Salad made for this challenge. And it was pretty, too! Next time, I may go with Oscar's idea and add bacon, as well!