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Soul Sunday: History of Brunching It Up

Happy Soul Sunday everyone! I hope you all are having wonderful Labor Day weekends. I am sure some of you are just now waking up from a long night of indulging in your favorite spirits and screaming out “Who wants to go to brunch!” At this very moment, people from across the country are battling head-to-head in an attempt to secure brunch reservations at their favorite spots, because most of these brunch places are too selfish to allow us to schedule a day or two earlier. When did Americans become so obsessed with this Sunday tradition, and how did it ultimately become one of the most important meal of the WEEK? Well Spot86 is here to tell you the history of “brunching it up.”


According to Smithsonian, the origins of brunch is rooted in England. Some food historians believe brunch derived from the English hunt breakfast which consist of multi-course meals featuring a variety of delicacies such as eggs, chicken livers, meats, fruit, and pastries. Others believe Sunday brunch originates from the practice of Catholics fasting before Sunday mass and then having a large midday meal when services was completed. The origins of Sunday brunch may be a bit unclear, but what is certain is the word “brunch”- a clever blend of the words breakfast and lunch – first made its appearance in a 1895 Hunter’s Weekly Article called “Brunch: A Plea” by British author Guy Beringer. In his article, Beringer suggested the idea of having lighter meals served in the late afternoon, as opposed to the heavy meals post Sunday mass. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week,” says Beringer.


Americans caught on to the idea of Sunday Brunch in the 1930s. Because most restaurants were closed on Sundays, Sunday brunch was championed by hotels. Church goers and those eager to sleep in later, looked for a new social outlet that let them eat later midday and still enjoy their favorite breakfast foods. Restaurants soon gave into the trend and began serving Sunday brunch, accompanied by signature morning cocktails including Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis, and Mimosas.


Now that you’ve had a little bit of a history lesson, go out and satisfy your Sunday brunch craving! To learn more about the origins of Sunday Brunch, go to Smithsonian.com or follow the link: //www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-birth-of-brunch-where-did-this-meal-come-from-anyway-164187758/#5HS8OW36l2815eVY.99

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