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Potato chips were a fluke that took.

In 1853 railroad tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was dining at the fashionable Sarasota Springs, N.Y., resort. In a huff, he sent his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were "too thick."

The cook, George Crum (honest!), decided to have some fun with Mr. V., so he sliced up a new batch of paper-thin spuds, tossed them into boiling oil and salted them.

Historical move, chef Crum . . . lucky the Commodore had a chip on his shoulder.


The tenth annual Great Salt Lake Chili Affair is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Salt Palace Exhibition Hall #4.

Honorary co-chairs of the event, a fund-raiser for the Travelers Aid Society, are Mayor Deedee Corradini and Jon M. Huntsman Jr. A variety of radio and television personalities will emcee, and the Salt Lake Good Times Jazz Band will play while you dine.

A social hour and silent auction will start the evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by an amazing group of local chefs serving their gourmet chilies at 6:30.

Some of the local restaurants featured will be the Barking Frog Too; Crompton's Roadside Attraction, Epicurious Group - Fat City, Gastronomy, Maxi's at Red Lion, Red Rock Brewing Co., Squatters/Fuggles and Tres Hombres.

Traveler's Aid Society operates the Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center. Proceeds from the event provide opportunities for homeless men, women and children to take steps out of homelessness and make the transition to independent living.

Tickets are available to the public for $35 per person or $280 for a table of eight and can be purchased at the door or by calling Travelers Aid Society at 355-1433.


The Snack Food Association & the National Potato Promotion Board say:

- Picasso got his ideas for twisted images from pretzels.

- His blue period was inspired by blue corn chips.

- The romantic period in art was inspired by artists falling madly in love with potato chips.

- Pop art, of course, was inspired by popcorn.