Mt. Eisenhower 1949 Dinner Menu

This menu cover displays the newly renamed Mount Eisenhower, formerly known as Castle Mountain. The older name would be restored in 1979, either because people were forgetting about World War II or because they hadn’t forgotten their anger when the Canadian government had changed the name without consulting the public.

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Dated September 3, 1949, this menu’s table d’hôte side offers a choice of scallops, omelette chasseur, pork chop, curried chicken, duck, and three cold plates. All of these were $3 (nearly $32 Canadian today) including appetizers, salad, vegetables, dessert, and beverage. The a la carte side has scallops, salmon, lobster, sole, chicken Provencale, beef tenderloin, breast of capon, duck, eggs benedict, and four cold plates. The lobster, chicken, and duck were $2; the others were less.


Mt. Eisenhower 1949 Dinner Menu — 1 Comment

  1. It’s interesting they they list him as Dwight Eisenhower, G.C.B. That’s the Most Honourable Order of the Bath Knight Grand Cross award, given to him by the British in 1943. The Canadians continued the colonial tradition of listing any person that had a British honorific with the initials of the award in all citations, including, apparently, menus. Eisenhower had actively considered running for President in 1948 but deferred to Dewey. We all know how that turned out. The Republicans were doing a full court press to get him to run against Truman in 1952, since Truman could run for another term under the soon to be ratified Twenty Second Amendment. He only filled out the remaining term of FDR, so could be president for 11 years total if he won in 1952. Eisenhower was seen by business as the best hope against that happening. Truman was really a left wing liberal for the times, and Republicans, backed by big business, was desperate to defeat him. The CP was closely aligned with US interests, so a boost for Eisenhower by renaming the mountain was a good political move. As it turned out, the Korean War started, Truman chose not to run, the Democrats nominated that perennial loser, Adlai Stevenson, and Eisenhower won easily.

    The dinner menu shows a little price manipulation from the lunch menu. The fruit compote went to 50 cents from 40 cents. You can see the preference of the hotel for you not to order a la carte again, with the tenderloin steak at $2.25 while the sirloin steak, a much bigger and better cut, including mushrooms, peas, and potatoes, was just $3.50. They are also doing something sneaky with the description of the steaks. The sirloin is listed as “Red Ribbon” and the sirloin as just “Red”. Canadian beef wasn’t government graded at the time, but a beef packers association created the Red Stripe brand to denote real prime beef. The CP usually served Red Stripe beef, but it looks like they are trying to make people believe this is what they are getting, even though it looks like it really wasn’t. I wonder if there was some supply disruption like a strike that made the Red Stripe brand hard to get?


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