Brunch History & Facts

The term brunch first appeared in print back in a 1895 Hunter’s weekly article.

British writer Guy Beringer, the man credited with inventing brunch as we know it, came up with the concept due to his dislike of the heavy pre church meal and envisioning that this new concept would eliminate the need to get up early on Sunday’s, making life brighter for Saturday night’s carousers.

Delmonico’s restaurant, the first ever a la carte restaurant in the U.S.A is credited as being the birthplace of Eggs Benedict. A record of a “Eggs a la-Benedick” appears in The Epicurean, a cookbook by Chef Charles Ranhofer from Delmonico’s in 1894.

The birth of the croissant is credited to Austrian artillery officer, August Zang, who founded a Viennese bakery, Boulangerie Viennoise, in Paris in 1839. It is an adaptation of Kipferi which dates back to the 13th century in Austria.

The full English breakfast is a centuries old British tradition which dates back to the 1800’s, when the Victorians, combining tradition with the most important meal of the day created a national dish.

The brunch tradition caught on in the USA in the 1930’s, supposedly because Hollywood stars making transcontinental train trips would frequently stop off in Chicago to enjoy a late morning meal.

It is believed that coffee cultivation originated in Ethiopia however the earliest evidence of coffee drinking is from Yemen in the 15th century.

“Brunch the musical” is a rock musical about the New York City restaurant scene. It was most recently performed in 2009.