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X|HOTEL: Waldorf Astoria New York Joins #WhoAreYouCookingFor Challenge

Since opening its doors in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, Waldorf Astoria New York has stood the test of time as a coveted New York institution.

Besides the countless contributions to culture and entertainment, numerous iconic dishes in food culture have ties to the Waldorf, including the namesake Waldorf salad, which was invented by “Oscar of the Waldorf,” Oscar Tschirky, in 1893.

Legend has it that Red Velvet Cake, Thousand Island dressing, Eggs Benedict, and the Manhattan’s “sister” cocktail, the Rob Roy, also were invented at the Waldorf Astoria. 

To support the local NYC community during this time, Waldorf Astoria New York is participating in the #WhoAreYouCookingFor challenge on Instagram to support God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit that cooks and home-delivers medically tailored meals to homebound individuals living with serious illness. Waldorf Astoria has committed $25,000 toward a match of donations for anyone who uses their donation link:

The Waldorf Astoria in New York is currently closed for renovations and will reopen with 375 new residences named The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. To keep its spirit alive, why not recreate its most famous recipe – the Waldorf Salad – at home.  

BONUS: The Waldorf Salad Recipe


• 1 medium ripe apple

• 1 stalk celery, chopped

• ¼ cup mayonnaise

•  Salt and pepper

• 2 cups lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces


• Peel apple and cut into halves. Remove core and slice halves 1/4-inch thick. Reserve 4 slices. Cut remaining slices into thin strips.

• In a medium bowl, mix celery, mayonnaise and apple strips; season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on lettuce and top with apple slices.


Later versions of the salad commonly added chopped walnuts. If you'd like, toss 1/4 cup of them in with the celery and apple.


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