A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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“Big Apple” explained in a film (2010) (11/18)
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“If snow is made of water and water has no calories, how come snowmen are fat?” (11/18)
“Cooking is like golf. You slice it, chip it, and put it on some greens” (11/18)
“Big Apple” answer on “Final Jeopardy!” (2009) (11/18)
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Entry from November 15, 2015
“Salad dressing is just lettuce gravy”

Is salad dressing just lettuce gravy? “Cooks coined new word for salad dressing...’lettuce gravy’ I don’t know about that one...” was cited on Twitter on February 25, 2011. “I have heard some regions of Arkansas refer to salad dressing as ‘lettuce gravy’” was cited on Twitter on June 15, 2011.

American comedian and author Jim Gaffigan popularized the line in 2014. “Salad dressing is just lettuce gravy” was a popular tweet on May 28, 2014. Gaffigan wrote in the book Food: A Love Story (2014):

“Salad dressing is lettuce gravy. It’s there to mask the inadequacies.”


Wikipedia: Jim Gaffigan
James Christopher “Jim” Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and author. His humor largely revolves around fatherhood, observations, and (most notably) food. He is also regarded as a “clean” comic, using little profanity in his routines. He has had several successful comedy specials, including Mr. Universe and Jim Gaffigan:Obsessed, both of which received Grammy nominations. His memoir, Dad Is Fat (2013) and his most recent book, Food: A Love Story (2014), are both published by Crown Publishers. He co-created and currently stars in a TV Land television series based on his life called The Jim Gaffigan Show.

Twitter
John DiGiovanni CCC
‏@chefdigiovanni
Cooks coined new word for salad dressing..."lettuce gravy” I don’t know about that one…
1:12 PM - 25 Feb 2011

Twitter
Noah Jodice
‏@noahjodice
@TomHaverfoods Salad Dressing is Lettuce Gravy! #TomHaverfoods #ParksandRec
7:17 PM - 27 Apr 2011

Twitter
Vann & Associates
‏@VannPR
@PhilBacharach I have heard some regions of Arkansas refer to salad dressing as “lettuce gravy.” Is cream or brown still a choice?
2:02 PM - 15 Jun 2011

Twitter
Davey Hatesmith
‏@DaveyHatesmith
I’m calling salad dressing “lettuce gravy.” I’m bringing it back.
10:35 AM - 14 Oct 2011

Google Books
Food:
A Love Story

By Jim Gaffigan
New York, NY: Three Rivers Press
2014
Pg. ?:
I don’t even like lettuce on a cheeseburger. I need salad dressing. Without a heavy dose of salad dressing I feel like I’m eating a bag of yard work. Salad dressing is lettuce gravy. It’s there to mask the inadequacies.

Twitter
Jim Gaffigan
‏@JimGaffigan
Salad dressing is just lettuce gravy.
10:11 PM - 28 May 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, November 15, 2015 • Permalink