Friday at noon, our reporter, Amy H. Peterson was fortunate enough to be part of a judging panel for the Midget Cafe students' Best Burger competition. Six students put forth their best work, and the judges, who included Terry and Suzie Kraft from the Ruthven Meat Locker, ELC?High School principal Brad Leonard, and Brendan Waltz, chef at Minerva's, were impressed.
Most people know the term, "hamburger,"?originally comes from Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city.
Many people claim they invented the hamburger, but it's reported to have been served as a roasted steak between two slices of bread on the Hamburg America Line, which began service to the United States in 1847.
It seems to have made its way to the Midwest on July 5, 1896 when the Chicago Daily Tribune reported on a hamburger sandwich, served in a sandwich car on a train.
Louis Lassen, a Danish immigrant who ran Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, claimed to have invented it in 1900. There have been rival claims by Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, and Fletcher Davis. All of these were local restauranteurs who made sandwiches popular in their regions.
The national mustard really hit when the New York Tribune wrote about the hamburger as "the innovation of a food vendor on the Pike."?
Around the world, burgers are spiced with native flavors. In Mexico, the hamburguesa is a ham and American cheese sandwich topped with avocado, jalapeno, shredded lettuce, onion and tomato.
In the U.K., chip shops where they serve the famous fish and chips serve battered hamburgers called batter burgers.
Rice burgers, with a pressed-rice bun, are sold in Taiwan and South Korea.
Our newsroom salutes the burger chefs of the Midget Cafe. Reservations for Thursday's meal can be made by emailing email@example.com. The students hope for a great turnout.