Ah, brunch. The best meal of the weekend. Who doesn’t want the choice of a delicious, sweet crepe or a savory French dip sandwich? Or a decadent fettuccine chicken bolognese? And, of course, what is brunch without a mimosa and coffee to wash it all down. Or perhaps, maybe a savory and spicy hangover-curing Bloody Mary?
We at Le Manhattan Bistro know that brunch is more than a meal–it’s a reason to gather with friends and family. Maybe to celebrate, or simply to catch up. That’s why our menu features a variety of dishes for whatever your Sunday fun-day calls for.
Speaking of brunch, did you know this widely popular meal has its roots in the United Kingdom due to royalty? That’s why you’ll be feeling like a Queen or King when you gather with your crew!
While our mouth waters a little longer just thinking of all the goods, let’s take a look at the unique history of brunch.
- Hunting luncheons. Our brunchly beginnings can be traced to the upper-class British tradition of hunting luncheons. Fox hunting was widely popular, in between the chase, men and women would gather for an early lunch featuring meats, egg dishes and plenty of alcohol.
- The word: The word “brunch” made its first appearance in 1895 in an article by Guy Beringer in “Hunter’s Weekly.” Beringer discussed the importance of a lighter meal as opposed to the traditional, heavy late Sunday meals in the United Kingdom. The article was republished in 1896 by the British periodical “Punch” spreading the trend. By the late 1920s, Americans were ready to get their brunch on.
- Chicago makes brunch its own. The first United States city to take hold of brunches was Chicago. Back when flights were not and trains were the way to travel, movie stars who had business from coast to coast would stop in Chicago on their journeys. On Sundays, the Hollywood elite would stop to eat at the famous Pump Room at the Ambassador Hotel.
- Post World War II. Brunch became more popular at the end of World War II. With fewer people attending a Sunday mass, people were finding new ways to fill that midday slot. With more of a focus on friends and relaxation, brunch took over. As process food gained popularity, brunch was not a task–but convenient.
Now, it isn’t just a trend, it’s a cultural phenomenon. For many college-aged individuals, brunch is a social event–not a meal. With food blogs and Instagram accounts taking over the social media scene, it’s no wonder our #foodie senses are tingling come mid-morning on a Sunday.
Brunch with us at the Bistro!
Make Le Manhattan Bistro your new favorite brunch spot and make your Sunday reservations today!
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