Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Lionel Sternberger’

Wanna Cheeseburger?

Wanna Cheeseburger?

Once again the year begins with burger meat. And a slice of…what? Emmentaler? Wisconsin cheddar? Or maybe crumbles of Berkshire Blue? Shall it be a bare bones classic burger or one topped with anything from fried eggs and french fries to pineapple rings and carrot strings? January 10-15 is the 4th Annual Cheeseburger Week, where […]

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger: Thanks, Lionel!

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger:  Thanks, Lionel!

From January 12th to 17th, Pasadena salutes Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, pioneering innovation and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history at his father’s roadside stand, the Rite Spot at 1500 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. Legend has it that the teenaged […]

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Thank goodness for 16-year-old Lionel’s grilling error or else an American dietary staple would never have been born—the cheeseburger. Working at his father’s sandwich shop The Rite Spot circa 1924, young Lionel mistakenly dropped a piece of cheese onto a grilling hamburger. The nation owes the elder Mr. Sternberger a debt of gratitude for not […]


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