9/21/17 – Delmonico’s


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Today’s quiz takes us through a very specific role in food history. Delmonico’s is the name of a legendary Lower Manhattan restaurant empire that originally operated from 1827 to 1923. Although the name has appeared since under the same name, the true Delmonico’s ran for that century and dominates food history today. Here are some questions about its innovations. Enjoy!

1. Besides its namesake Delmonico potatoes dish, the restaurant also names the Delmonico steak.  Although we don’t know exactly what the steak was like, but we think it was probably what kind of cut of steak? In Australia, this type of steak is called a Scotch fillet.

Question 1

2. Although there is some dispute involving its creation (as all 19th century things do), the first recipe of what dish was printed in the cookbook “The Epicurean”, a work by longtime Delmonico’s chef Charles Ranhofer? This dish is certainly the best known dish that incorporates a sauce also called Dutch sauce.


3. Foxhall P. Keene was a polo player who won a gold medal at the 1900 Paris Olympics, and amateur tennis player around the turn of the century. According to some sources, Foxhall Keene was the namesake of what dish, which Charles Ranhofer created at Delmonico’s?

Question 3

4. Name the dessert seen here, created in 1876 at Delmonico’s to celebrate the recent entry of a geographic area.

Question 4

5. The dish seen here is the Lobster Newberg, made with lobster, butter, cognac, sherry, cream, and eggs. First introduced at Delmonico’s, the Newberg is not the original name. Give the last name of Ben, the sea captain who gave the recipe to Charles Delmonico in 1876, although it was removed from the menu after Ben and Charles had an argument. The dish was originally named for Ben, and the current name of the dish is reminiscent of the name.

Question 5

6. While it probably isn’t true that Delmonico’s introduced the hamburger to America, it is true that Charles Ranhofer introduced what fruit to the United States at Delmonico’s, also called the alligator pear?

7. And finally, name the word removed from this screenshot of the Delmonico’s website. Never mind the it’s issue.



1. Ribeye
2. Eggs Benedict
3. Chicken a la King / Keene
4. Baked Alaska
5. Wenberg
6. Avocado
7. Restaurant

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