Have You Tried the Blue Ridge Reuben at our Gap Deli?

Have you ever had a Reuben? Now’s your chance to have a truly great one at The Gap Deli at The Parkway. But where did the Reuben originate? According to Wikipedia:

One account holds that Reuben Kulakofsky (sometimes spelled Reubin, or the last name shortened to Kay), a Lithuanian-born grocer from Omaha, Nebraska, was the inventor, perhaps as part of a group effort by members of Kulakofsky’s weekly poker game held in the Blackstone Hotel from around 1920 through 1935. The participants, who nicknamed themselves “the committee”, included the hotel’s owner, Charles Schimmel. The sandwich first gained local fame when Schimmel put it on the Blackstone’s lunch menu, and its fame spread when a former employee of the hotel won a national contest with the recipe.[2]
Other accounts hold that the reuben’s creator was Arnold Reuben, the German owner of the once-famous, now defunct Reuben’s Delicatessen in New York,[3] who, according to an interview with Craig Claiborne, invented the “Reuben special” around 1914.[4] The earliest references in print to the sandwich are New York based but that is not conclusive evidence, though the fact that the earliest, from a 1926 edition of Theatre Magazine, references a “Reuben special” specifically does seem to take its cue from Arnold Reuben’s menu.
A version of that story is related by Bernard Sobel in his book Broadway Heartbeat: Memoirs of a Press Agent and claims that the sandwich was an extemporaneous creation for Marjorie Rambeau inaugurated when the famed Broadway actress visited the Delicatessen one night when the cupboards were particularly bare.[5] Some sources name the actress as Annette Seelos, and note that the original “Reuben special” sandwich did not contain corned beef or sauerkraut and was not grilled; still other versions give credit to Alfred Scheuing, Reuben’s chef, and say he created the sandwich for Reuben’s son, Arnold Jr., in the 1930s.[2]
Another claim for the origins of the Reuben come from Bridgeport, Connecticut, where street vendor Harold Reuben based the sandwich on a recipe he learned from his grandmother. The popularity of the sandwich lead to local restaurants adopting the sandwich onto their menu.[6]

There’s more to this great sandwich! Check out the rest of Wikipedia’s story here.

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