I can’t believe my favorite meal is turned 250 yrs old this year. Thanks to Hillel the Elder, the sandwich has been eaten since the 1st Century BC. But it wasn’t until John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, asked for it while playing cards one night at the Cocoa Tree, that some someone said: “I’ll have what Sandwich is having”. That is how this culinary wonder got its name and it started. This genius meal between 2 slices of bread was from then on called a Sandwich! They say the first “sandwich” was beef between toasted bread. Now nearly 40 billion sandwiches are consumed in the U.S. every year (that’s about 193 sandwiches a year). The UK isn’t too far behind, consuming almost 11.9 billion sandwiches a year.
The ham sandwich is the US’s most popular sandwich, with the BLT as a runner-up. The great thing about the sandwich is that anyone can enjoy one. It’s everybody’s food, not just intended for the rich or the old. Did you know there is a toast sandwich? It’s is considered a sandwich- it’s just a piece of toast between 2 untoasted pieces of bread- the toast may be buttered or with salt and pepper. Or on the opposite end of the sandwich hierarchy you can enjoy a high end Kobe beef steak sandwich with all the fixings. In the end they are both sandwiches, and they are consumed and enjoyed by all.
You may wonder why I picked the year 1762 as the year established for Deli Fresh Threads. I selected that year because it is the first written record of the word “sandwich”. It appeared in a journal written by English author, Edward Gibbons, after he saw two wealthy men eating cold meat and bread or sandwiches.
When I came up with the idea, I wanted to open up shop on Nov. 3rd, National Sandwich Day, but as you may have read in my blog post-Patience, I wasn’t ready. Like a good sandwich- I think my wating was worth it.