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Old 09-03-2006, 02:49 PM   #11
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As a hint, it was on foodtv yesterday.
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Old 09-03-2006, 03:20 PM   #12
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Holy cow! Tell me you're not basing this on "facts" you heard on FoodTV!?
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Old 09-03-2006, 04:20 PM   #13
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Holy cow! Tell me you're not basing this on "facts" you heard on FoodTV!?
Then you can take whatever answer I give you all with a proverbial grain of fleur de sel.

C'mon--or are you ready.
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Old 09-03-2006, 05:53 PM   #14
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Then you can take whatever answer I give you all with a proverbial grain of fleur de sel.
A statement from a true gourmet!!

I'm ready to hear the answer!
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Old 09-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #15
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My non googled guess would be that the reuben was a 1900 turn of the century worlds fair type of thing (like the hot dog).
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:05 PM   #16
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Well, I always thought it was named after a guy who had a weekly poker game and this was the sammy he served (ruben kulakofsky *again spelling is off)

1937 if im not mistaken... It was first on the menu at the Cornhusker hotel by a guy named Charles Schimmel (Spellin is prolly WAY off)

But thats what i remember anyway --what can i say im a geek

Anyway.. some ppl belive the myth that it was invented by Arnold ruben who has a deli in NYC circa 1914

however **here is where my geekyness really shows** This arnold dude claims that Chaplin and his "co-star" Anne Seelos walked into his shop and said "make me a sandwich" and ta da the ruben was born

Touching story really.....

EXCEPT

no record of this film has EVER been found...

my first theory is more supported then this guy from NY
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okokok i did a culinary project on this in school *hangs head in shame*
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:53 PM   #18
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Answer.










The sandwich won a cooking contest in the mid-50's and was adopted by some deli a year or so later and named a reuben. Amazing? Yes.
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Old 09-03-2006, 10:15 PM   #19
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It appears Jim O'Conner(?) didn't read the research the Merriam-Webster folks did to authenticate the birthdate of the Reuben sandwich. Chef_Jen got most of the high points.

So now we have three versions of the story...
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