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Stockyards "Classic" Menu

 

   The Stockyards Executive Chef Michael Shea is currently offering the latest version of his “Classics” Menu. This three course culinary extravaganza for our guests will include a Green Goddess Salad to start, “Classic" Shrimp Scampi as the entrée, and Strawberry Shortcake for Dessert, all for $45 per person.

 

  According to Stockyards owner Gary Lasko, the “Classics” are fine dining preparations that have withstood the test of time and continue to be enjoyed by discriminating diners. “History is a big part of the Stockyards experience. We opened in 1947 and will be celebrating our 68th anniversary this summer. We want to honor that history by featuring some of these classic dishes.”

 

   The “Classics” Menu kicks off with the Stockyards traditional relish tray and basket of warm chile cornbread muffins and baking soda biscuits with prickly pear-honey butter.

 

Green Goddess Salad is the first course. This California creation originated at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923. Executive Chef Phillip Roemer created this salad to honor actor George Arliss who was the lead in William Archer’s hit play Green Goddess. The dressing was named for its tint, and includes garlic, anchovy, parsley, chives, tarragon, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Prior to the advent of Ranch Dressing this was the most popular salad dressing on the West Coast.

   

 

   The crisp, tangy salad will be followed by the “Classic” entrée of Shrimp Scampi.  According to the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, Scampi is a Venetian term, dating in English print to 1920. What is Scampi? The answers vary, but most fall into two categories: a type of shrimp or a preparation of shrimp. The earliest reference to Shrimp Scampi  in the New York Times is a restaurant advertisement published in 1956 for the Tenakill Restaurant in Englewood, NJ. There are many variations of Shrimp Scampi. Our version consists of five Jumbo Shrimp sauteed in butter with fresh garlic, lemon juice, white wine and chopped parsley.

   

Our “Classic” dessert for the summer is Strawberry Shortcake. The earliest version was created by Native Americans and introduced to early American settlers in the 1600’s but it wouldn’t be until the 1800’s that Strawberry Shortcake as we know it was created.  In 1850, Strawberry Shortcake parties were all the rage in the U.S, as a celebration of the coming of summer. While the origins and evolution of Strawberry Shortcake are somewhat uncertain, the popularity of Strawberry Shortcake is undeniable. It is not only a “Classic”, it is an American Tradition.