List of Foods Named After Places

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List of Foods Named After Places
Champage was named for Champagne, France. (champagne image by Sean Wallace-Jones from

People who enjoy a certain food often want to know more about its origins. The origin of food names are often tied to the geographical region where the food was first introduced or invented. Some well known foods that are named after places are champagne, Philly cheese steak, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and Buffalo wings.

Philly Cheese Steak

The origin of the Philly cheese steak was in a restaurant called Pat's King of Steaks located in South Philadelphia in 1930. The cook was named Pat Olivieri. He had been thinking of new foods to serve and experimented with thinly sliced pieces of beef served with melted cheese and sautéed onions. The restaurant is now operated by Pat Olivieri's grandson, Frank Olivieri Jr.

Worcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire sauce is named for the town of Worcester, England. Shire is the English word for county. It was here in 1835 that Lord Sandys, a nobleman from Worcester, hired two chemists to duplicate a sauce he had acquired during his travels in India. The chemists' names were John Lea and William Perrins. These two chemists' recipe eventually became the Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce. The principle ingredients are red onion, shallots, tamarind, garlic, salt, red onion, vinegar, molasses, soy, sugar and anchovies.

Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard was developed over 150 year ago in the city of Dijon, France. Dijon mustard is made by combing brown and black mustard seeds with vinegar, wine or grape juice. Dijon mustard is known for its smooth flavour. A popular brand of Dijon mustard is Grey Poupon.


The name of the champagne drink comes from Champagne, France. It was here in the 17th century that in an experimental wine test, carbon dioxide bubbles were trapped inside of wine. An English scientist, Christopher Merrett, is credited for first discovering champagne in 1662. Years later, Dom Pérignon was credited for perfecting the art of making champagne.

Buffalo wings

Buffalo wings were first made in 1964 by Teressa Bellisimo, wife of Frank Bellisimo, who owned the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. While trying to find a late night snack for her son, she experimented with a chicken wing recipe. She made the chicken wings by sprinkling them with hot sauce, celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. The wings were then cooked under a grill and served.

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