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Many of the foods we eat came into existence through an evolution of cooking techniques or by trial and error. But a notable few burst onto the scene through some interesting creation story that happened in one time and one place and gave birth to a now widely beloved and entirely new category of food.

For example, Boston’s classic Omni Parker House hotel is credited with the invention of its namesake Parker House roll, a type of bread, and the city’s more famous dessert, Boston Cream Pie. Caesar salad, a worldwide favorite, was invented not during the height of the Roman empire, but by an Italian-American restaurateur in Tijuana of all places. The very best example is the now ubiquitous Buffalo wing, a particular style of hot and spicy chicken wing that is deep fried until crispy, then tossed in a mixture of red hot sauce (traditionally Frank’s) and butter, then served with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing. Today, there are many variations in style, heat, cooking technique, accompaniments and flavor, but many agree that if it were not for Teressa Bellissimo scrounging around the…