10 Culinary Icons Introduced at the Chicago World's Fair

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A more apocryphal account alleges that brownies were invented thanks to the 1893 World's Fair as well, when local socialite Bertha Palmer asked the chef at her husband's Palmer House hotel to provide guests with a portable dessert they could carry with them to the Exposition, along with the boxed lunches the Palmer House provided, and eat neatly with minimal mess. Whether or not brownies would have existed anyway, we'll raise a glass of milk to that.