March 23rd recognizes Melba Toast Day, a food holiday. Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is sometimes served with salad or soup or may be eaten plain or with a topping.
Melba toast was named after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of the Australian opera singer, Helen Porter Mitchell. The singer was quite popular with chef Auguste Escoffier of the Savoy. It is believed he created not just this “diet” toast for Ms. Melba, but a famous dessert as well.
Because Melba toast was such a firm toast, it was often given to infants as teething biscuits.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Melba toast can be eaten much like crackers by adding toppings or spreads. Try seasoning some or including it with your meal. Use #NationalMelbaToastDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Melba Toast Day.
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