Thank the Brits for American Brunch
It might seem like an all-American meal, but we have the Brits to thank for brunch. The first mention of the playful mash-up of breakfast and lunch appeared in 1895, when British author Guy Beringer touted it as a convivial after-church Sunday meal that “sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” That’s still true today!
The post-church brunch was adopted in the States too, but brunch really started catching on in the 1930s, when movie stars traveling cross-country by train stopped off in Chicago for a latemorning meal at the swanky Ambassador Hotel’s Pump Room.
The church brunch hasn’t gone away completely, though. The analytics firm Crimson Hexagon crunched social media data and found that the after-church brunch is still popular in the Midwest and South. But the millennialdriven “boozy brunch,” marked by bottomless mimosas and other cocktails, is a hot trend in major cities and college towns across the country, especially in the Northeast.