Some foods are staples in your kitchen. Ketchup, mustard and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise are things you will most likely find in every kitchen across America. I mean what’s a sandwich without Hellmann’s, right? This September I was lucky enough to have been invited to help the City of New York say Happy 100th Birthday to its own Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. For 100 years Hellmann’s Mayonnaise has been helping people make their food taste better, whether it is being used by a kid at the ball park on a hamburger bun or by a master chef like Mario Batali in a special recipe for one of his premier restaurants, 2013 marks 100 years of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise bringing out the best.
The celebration could not have happened on a nicer New York City day. The sun was shining and the sky was as blue as the ribbon on the Hellmann’s bottle. We began our celebratory day by dropping in on Chef Mario Batali’s morning talk show, The Chew. It was a lot of fun that included an impromptu chair dance with Carla Hall. Mario also taught us how to make this incredible flat bread pizza that we had tried at his restaurant Otto the night before. It was amazing, and I was a given a copy of the newest edition of The Chew “What’s for Dinner” cookbook.
After making my big TV audience debut, we made our way to the Pier 84 (blocks from the original Richard Hellmann’s Deli) where our Hellmann’s family had been working tirelessly for days to set up a wonderful birthday celebration. 100 years required a big plan, and nothing says big like a picnic table that measures in at over 320 feet long. That is big enough to set a World Record and the people from Guinness World Records were there to make it official. Over 500 people from the City of New York came to join us for lunch, including actress Katie Holmes with Feeding America, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohn and Paul Piercefrom the Brooklyn Nets. We all sat together and ate the perfect burger prepared by Chef Mario Batali with a little help from his friends Chef Tim Love and Chef Aaron Sanchez using Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. As good as the food was, it was the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes made with Hellmann’s that truly took the blue ribbon in my book. Not only were they fantastic, but they were beautiful.
It was a fabulous day with fabulous food and friends. Hellmann’s has a lot to celebrate in 100 years of bringing us the best mayonnaise. It’s hard to improve on something that is perfect, but they have found a way. Now Hellmann’s is dedicated to making their recipe with the use of 100% cage free eggs, proving that they only use the very best ingredients. Hellmann’s has also introduced several new products including mayonnaise made with olive oil and now balsamic vinegar to add an Italian flare to your food. Hellmann’s is also in the release stage of its newest Whipped product for those who would like a tangy dressing over the traditional mayonnaise. With all of this going on, Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is sure to be around another 100 years, and beyond. Check out Hellmann’s on Facebook.