Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day Today
Fire up the grill, heat up the stove, or pay your homage to your local burger joints, as today is the National Cheeseburger Day!
September 18th, designated National Cheeseburger Day by the American Dairy Association, is a day for celebrating one of America's favorite foods.
There are different theories to who invented the cheeseburger. The most popular and widely known theory is that in the mid 1920's, a grill chef named Lionel Sternberger at the Rite Spot Restaurant in Pasadena, California came up with the irresistible creation by simply attaching a slice of cheese to a slice of sizzling ground beef.
In 1995, a book called Hamburger Heaven, the Illustrated History of the Hamburger was published, in which the author, Jeffrey Tennyson, researched the origin of the cheeseburger through interviewing former restaurant employees at Rite Spot. At that time, the cheeseburger was called the "cheese hamburger."
Jim Heimann, conducting research for a book on California architecture, discovered an article in Pacific Coast Record, which covered the restaurant industry. That article, dated August of 1937, recounted how Sternberger rejuvenated a newly purchased roadside burger stand, the former Hinky Dick, at 1500 W. Colorado Blvd., located on historic Route 66 just before the entrance to Eagle Rock.
Another theory is that the cheeseburger was invented by Carl Kaelin in Louisville, Kentucky in 1934. It is said that shortly after Kaelin and his wife opened their own restaurant, one day Kaelin had a sudden inspiration: why not add a slice of American cheese to the hamburger? Today at Kaelin's Restaurant, things are still much like how they were in 1934 - cheeseburgers are still cooked in cast iron skillets, instead of on a grill, and the buns are still baked by Ehrmann's Bakery, one of the oldest bakeries in Louisville.
A proclamation from the mayor of the city of Louisville designates every October 12th (the date the cheeseburger was invented) as Kaelin's "Cheeseburger" day in the Derby City.
The third theory is that the cheeseburger was invented by Louis Ballast in Denver, Colorado. Ballas was the owner of the Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In, and one day, he decided to put a slice of cheese on the burger. He heated the cheese, took a bite, and found the taste of be wonderful. In March 1935, he applied for a patent on his invention.
Those who want to pilgrimage to the cultural place of the Cheeseburger can do so by visiting 2776 N. Speer Blvd, Denver, Colorado, which is the historical site of the Humpty Dumpty which burned down completely. Today on this location you will find a quite boring parking lot here. A small memorial reminds of the Humpty Dumpty.
So, have you had a cheeseburger today?
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