Another Version Of
The Origin of 1000 Islands Dressing
Thousand Island Dressing – It is made from bits of green olives,
peppers, pickles, onions, hard-boiled eggs and other finely chopped
The history of Thousand Island Dressing
dates back to the early days of the 20th century and centers in
the small resort village of Clayton, New York. A fishing guide named George
LaLonde, Jr. guided visiting fishermen for Black Bass and Northern Pike
through the waters of the 1000 Islands. After a day of fishing, he and his
wife, Sophia LaLonde, would serve what they called “shore dinners” with a
different and unusual salad dressing. The following story on the origin of
Thousand Island Dressing was given to me by Allen and Susan Benas, owners of
the Thousand Islands Inn:
one particular occasion, George LaLonde, Jr., was guiding a very prominent
New York City stage actress named May Irwin and her husband. May Irwin, a
renowned cook and cookbook authoress in her own right, was particularly
impressed with the dressing and asked George for the recipe. Sophia La Londe,
who created the dressing, was flattered by the request and willingly gave
her the recipe. Sophia also had given the recipe to Ella Bertrand, who’s
family owned the Herald Hotel, one of the most popular hotels in Clayton.
May Irwin and her husband had stayed at the Herald Hotel during their early
vacations in the island and had already tasted the dressing. It was May
Irwin who gave it the name Thousand Island and it was Ella Bertrand who
first served it to the dining public.
Upon her return to New York City, May Irwin gave the recipe to fellow 1000
Islands’ summer visitor, George C. Boldt, who was owner of the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel in New York. Equally impressed with the dressing and its
flavor. Mr. Boldt directed his world famous maitre di, Oscar Tschirky, to
put the dressing on the hotel’s menu. In doing so, Oscar Tschirky earned
credit for introducing the dressing to the world.”
In 1972, Allen and Susan Benas purchased the
Herald Hotel and changed its name to the Thousand Islands Inn. Needless to
say, Thousand Island Dressing is the “official” house dressing at the inn.
The Benas now bottle and sell the dressing at the inn and on the internet.
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