My General Manager once told me the story of the Caesar salad. Back in the time of Caesar, salt was incredibly scarce. Salty fish named anchovies were abundant though. So to create the salty taste in the dressing they used the anchovies. Even though we have plenty of salt today, we still use the anchovies to pay tribute to Caesar.
I told this story hundreds of times. Guests loved hearing it. It made something regal about the plain old Caesar salad. The problem was that it was completely incorrect. The Caesar salad was named after Caesar Cardini who invented it in his Mexican Restaurant in 1924. When I confronted my GM he laughed at the notion I ever believed the story in the first place.
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