French Toast Fest returns to Amherst for fourth year

AMHERST – Amherst’s fourth French Toast Fest is underway.

Seven restaurants in Amherst will offer a variety of gourmet French toast dishes that will tantalize the taste buds during the eight-day festival that ends April 2.

Abstract Coffee, Art of Eating Deli & Catering, Birkinshaw’s, Bliss Crystal Café, Breakfast at Brittney’s, Portlander Jamaican Restaurant and Old Warehouse Café will create the dishes for the festival hosted by the Town of Amherst and sponsored by Maritime Pride Eggs and Wonderbrand Inc.

In addition to gourmet French Toast dishes, some restaurants will also offer French Toast-inspired baked goods or lattes.

People are encouraged to post photos of themselves enjoying their gourmet meal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TicTok with the hashtag #FRENCHTOASTFEST or via email at [email protected] for a chance to win a treat.

Maritime Pride Eggs and Wonderbrand Inc. ensure that local students from West Highlands Elementary, Spring Street Academy and Cumberland North Academy have the opportunity to dine on French toast during the festival. They donated eggs and bread to the schools so they could create the meal.

“We are thrilled to work with some amazing businesses here in Amherst whose generosity enables our local schools to participate in the French Toast Fest celebration,” said Allison Watson, the city’s culture, events and marketing coordinator. of Amherst.

“We are also delighted that seven excellent restaurants are taking part in the festival and offering gastronomic delights. I can’t wait to taste their French toast creations.

Home to an egg factory, bakery, and surrounded by sugarwoods, it makes sense that Amherst makes time every year to celebrate one of the world’s most popular dishes.

According to the Neatorama, Breakfast Shoppe, and NDTV websites, the French toast was the creation of an Albany, NY innkeeper named Joseph French. The sites say the Frenchman was the first to combine eggs and bread to make the delicious breakfast, but when he announced his new dish, he called it pain perdu instead of pain perdu because he had limited knowledge of grammar and did not use the apostrophe.

Websites urge caution in believing this “legend” as there are records dating back centuries that refer to meals made with bread dipped in eggs or milk. One of them is the Apicius, a collection of recipes from the beginning of the 5and century of our era. He notes that the dish existed during the time of the Roman Empire.

The websites also note that during the 15and century, the dish – known as “pain perdu” – was a culinary rage at the court of King Henry V of England. French toast is what the French today call pain perdu.

According to the Wonderopolis website, French toast means French toast, and it was called French toast because people originally made French toast from stale bread in order to use up bread that would otherwise have been thrown away.

The Breakfast Shoppe website indicates that the phrase pain perdu first appeared in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink in 1871. It also indicates that the meal consisting of eggs and milk has several different names in the world, especially

German Toast, Egg Bread, Fried Bread, Poor Windsor Knights Toast and Spanish.

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