Lobster Newburg

   Charles Wenberg was a prosperous shipping magnate in the nineteenth century, according to one story. Some say he was merely a captain on a West Indies ship. Regardless, he gave a recipe to Lorenzo Delmonico, the New York restaurateur famed for his opulent salon, for a dish that would be an epicure's dream. The recipe called for heavy cream, sherry, egg yoke, cayenne, and loads and loads of lobster meat, an astoundingly rich concoction. Lorenzo saw the merit in this rich concoction and told his chef to follow it carefully.
   The dish turned out to be a gastronomic delight. The wealthy patrons of Delmonico literally ate it up. So successful was the dish and so pleased was the chef that he named the dish in honor of Wenberg, Lobster Wenberg. Some time after this celebratory event, Wenberg, in the Delmonico dining room, drank too much, talked too loud, and picked a fight with another diner. Wenberg was ejected, and so was his name from the menu. The very next day the menu at Delmonico read: Lobster Newburg. What a penalty! The chef reversed the "w" and the "n," so that the Wen became New, and for good measure, altered the spelling to Newburg. Thus, Wenberg's combativeness cost him a place in the hierarchy of eponyms.

Dictionary of eponyms. . 2013.

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  • lobster Newburg — noun lobster in Newburg sauce served on buttered toast or rice • Syn: ↑lobster a la Newburg • Hypernyms: ↑seafood Newburg * * * (sometimes l.c.) lobster cooked in a thick seasoned cream sauce made with sherry or brandy. Also, lobster Newburgh.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lobster Newburg — (sometimes l.c.) lobster cooked in a thick seasoned cream sauce made with sherry or brandy. Also, lobster Newburgh. Also called lobster à la Newburg, lobster à la Newburgh. [1910 15; Newburg is unexplained] * * * …   Universalium

  • lobster newburg — /lɒbstə ˈnjubɜg/ (say lobstuh nyoohberg) noun sliced lobster, sautéed in butter, cooked in thick cream and sherry. {named after Newburgh, a fishing village in Scotland} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Newburg — ☆ Newburg [no͞o′bʉrg΄, nyo͞o′bʉrg΄] adj. [< ( lobster) Newburg(h), prob. after Newburgh, N.Y.] served in a rich, creamy sauce made with butter, egg yolks, and sherry …   English World dictionary

  • lobster a la Newburg — noun lobster in Newburg sauce served on buttered toast or rice • Syn: ↑lobster Newburg • Hypernyms: ↑seafood Newburg …   Useful english dictionary

  • Newburg — or Newburgh adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1890 served with a sauce made of cream, butter, sherry, and egg yolks < lobster Newburg > < shrimp Newburg > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Newburg — /nooh berrg, nyooh /, adj. (of seafood) cooked with a cream sauce containing sherry: lobster Newburg. [1900 05, Amer.; after Newburgh, a fishing village in Scotland] * * * …   Universalium

  • Newburg — New•burg [[t]ˈnu bɜrg, ˈnyu [/t]] adj. coo served with a cream sauce containing sherry: lobster Newburg[/ex] • Etymology: 1900–05, orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • lobster newburgh — noun see lobster newburg …   Useful english dictionary

  • Newburg sauce — noun lobster butter and cream and egg yolks seasoned with onions and sherry or Madeira • Hypernyms: ↑sauce • Substance Holonyms: ↑seafood Newburg …   Useful english dictionary

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