Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day at the Castle – March 1955

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, here's what was going on at the Castle in Lorain on that day in 1955. The ad above ran in the Lorain Journal on the day before, and makes some interesting references.

"Dinty Moore's own corned beef and cabbage" is mentioned in the ad. Dinty Moore was the name of the tavern owner in the comic strip Bringing Up Father, and (according to this Wiki entry) was the inspiration for both a restaurant chain by that name as well as the line of Hormel canned foods. I'm guessing that in this case, the corned beef and cabbage dish served at the Castle that day must be referring to the Dinty Moore restaurant chain. You can find a vintage recipe for it here at the food.com website.

The ad also makes a reference to Lace Curtain Irish and Shanty Irish (the lace curtain immigrants being slightly better off than the others). Also mentioned are many of the "Blarney Castle" employees.

Since it's still Lent, here's a 1955 Castle ad that ran in the Lorain Journal on March 4, listing the sumptuous selection of seafood items that were available.
Mmmm... giant Malabar shrimp (broiled in sherry or with drawn butter), sea scallops, filet of pike, frog legs, King Crab claws, Maine lobster... even Lake Erie Pickerel. Or do they mean walleye?

Anyway, have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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