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Blakeview: Bananas Foster 

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Here's a delicious New Orleans trivia question for you: who is the Foster in Bananas Foster? This year marks the 65th anniversary of the dish, created in 1951 by Brennan's chef Paul Blange. According to Brennan's lore, restaurant owner Owen Brennan challenged the chef to create a dish using bananas, since New Orleans was a major port of entry for the fruit shipped from Central and South America. At the same time, Brennan's had been asked to provide a new recipe for an article on the restaurant in Holiday magazine. The scrumptious recipe features bananas, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, rum, vanilla ice cream and banana liqueur — in a flaming dish best prepared tableside at the restaurant. As for Mr. Foster, he was Richard Foster, owner of Foster Awning Company, chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission and a frequent Brennan's customer.

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