A recipe that was served at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. Adapted from Recipes from Historic America by Linda and Steve Bauer. Great book!
Here's a little history:
As a young man in 1925, George E. Merrick saw the vision of a magnificent hotel on Florida's east coast. He joined forces with Biltmore hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman at the height of the Florida land boom to build a grand hotel.
After 10 months and $10 million, the Biltmore debuted in January 1926 with an inaugural celebration that attracted people from Northern cities on trains marked "Miami Biltmore Specials". Champagne flowed while guests fox-trotted to the sounds of jazz.
The "American Rivera" resort attracted many of the world's rich and famous (and infamous). Bing Crosby, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland, Al Capone, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and assorted Roosevelts and Vanderbilts all stayed there frequently. Fashion shows, gala balls and weddings became routine events. World-class golf tournaments soon followed. Born in the Jazz Age, the hotel often hosted Big Bands to entertain its wealthy, well-traveled visitors.
The Biltmore survived the Depression by offering aquatic galas at its grand pool - these events kept the hotel in the spotlight and drew crowds. Thousands would visit on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy synchronized swimmers, bathing beauties and alligator wrestling. High-diving star Jackie Ott performed from an 85-foot platform. Before making a name for himself in Hollywood, Johnny Weissmuller broke a world record at the Biltmore pool, where he also served as a swimming instructor.
As with several large hotels in America during World War II, the War Department converted the Biltmore to a hospital. It served the wounded as the Army Air Forces Regional Hospital. They sealed many of the windows with concrete and covered the marble floors with linoleum. This early encounter with medicine evolved after the war as the Biltmore became the site of the University of Miami's School of Medicine. Later, the Biltmore functioned as a VA hospital until 1968.
The City of Coral Gables was granted ownership control of the hotel in 1973, through the Historic Monuments Act and Legacy of Parks program. While local government pondered its future, the Biltmore remained unoccupied for nearly 10 years until the decision was made to restore it. Four years and $55 million later, the Biltmore reopened.