The Waldorf Astoria Hotel opened in 1893, the digs of the world’s elite. Every debut needs a celebration, the WAH no exception. St. Mary’s Hospital for Children benefited by the gala 14 March, 1893. The Hotel’s executive Chef and maître d’ hotel created the signature Waldorf salad for the occasion. It consisted of a diced ripe apple, a chopped celery stalk tossed in high- grade mayonnaise, two cups of lettuce torn into bite-size pieces and salt and pepper.
Never willing to let ORIGINAL be FINAL, chefs ever since have added their genius to the salad, chopped walnuts perhaps the first addition. The Waldorf Hotel Chef in 2011 served his contemporary version, using two kinds of apples and assorted additions. It remains the Hotel’s celebrated menu item. San Diego U-T, 4/5/17.
Pay attention to the refusal of later backyard cooks, kitchen gourmets and professional chefs. They consider their additions to the Waldorf salad acceptable by their contemporary tastes. Which is agreeable unless you’re a Waldorf Astoria purist.
Which reminds me of something that isn’t agreeable from anyone. Christ and Christianity can never be made more palatable, unique, powerful, appealing—or anything else FAVORABLE—by any addition we make to him or his FAITH. The appeal of the Restoration Movement has always been to clear the decks of Christianity of all the impediments cluttering Jesus Christ and the church by making the Bible alone, and nothing but, the basis of belief. Jesus shares his Place with no one else. Don’t think to include him in the same sentence with ANYBODY else. Anybody. He’s in a class all by himself, and no one but he answers the Roll when God says, “Who speaks for me?”
Face Jesus head-on, eye-to-eye. Learn of him by reading the Gospels. Expect and demand that your preacher open God’s Word and preach it only. There never has been, or will ever be, a better way to learn of Jesus than opening our minds and hearts to the Spirit’s probing depths of Jesus Christ’s Glory in the Gospels and Epistles.
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