And so here we are. Not far at all from the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. More modern food favorites were catapulted into The Big Time at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition than at any other single event in history. Sure, maybe the hot dog, the ice cream cone, the hamburger, iced tea, push-pops, peanut butter and Dr. Pepper were invented someplace else. But they got noticed here. And without the spotlight of 1904 would they have become what they are now? Maybe, maybe not. It’s said that even the term “fast food” was popularized here. Doesn’t get much more American than that.
And we’re only about two blocks from where it all went down some 116 years ago, in five handsome rooms in St. Louis’s Central West End. The food historian in me is tickled to say the least.
So the drive went well, none of the production trucks got lost, even the polycarb box of fruitcake fruit made it without tipping. Or not tipping over at any rate.
Lots to get done here over the next month or so. We’ll see how much baking we can get in along the way. More soon I hope!