Monday, August 31, 2009
On today's menu
Today is Howard's birthday so I gave him a souvenir menu from when Hildegard played the Buffalo Statler Hotel. Above is a picture of the menu! Observe the tassel.
They had the wildest appetizers. You could not find them now!
"And the lady will have the herring marinated in sour cream." Imagine saying that. Someone would probably faint.
Howard has gotten into the habit of ordering for me because that is what Leonard Pennario used to do and I told Howard about it. Pennario would find out what you wanted and then he would tell the waiter. That is the proper way to do things and it is the way people operated in the 1940s and 1950s. In the era when Hildegard played supper clubs.
It must have been fun to go out on dates back then! Do click on that link I just gave you. It is of a brand-new video someone just posted on YouTube of Pennario's "Midnight on the Cliffs," which became the soundtrack to the 1960 movie "Julie."
Speaking of that bygone era I also gave Howard this menu from a historic restaurant on Main Street that my mother remembers.
What treasures! What a haul! I found these menus at the same sale where I found the autographed picture of John Gilbert.
It has been terrible to have to keep them secret for all this time!