FRENCH ONION SOUP
There was once a St. Louis department store
(some say the finest store in the Midwest)
It was the centerpiece of fine shopping,
in the 50's and 60's,
before the era of shopping centers,
and included fine dining on an upper floor.
In 1954, they offered the best
French onion soup
that became famous nationwide.
The soup was perfected by
Master Chef Manfred Zettl,
who made this his raison d'être
on the restaurant scene.
His employer, and benefactor,
Morton D. May (owner)
had a passion for the best,
and established a world class kitchen,
including French baguette bakers
and special brick ovens,
imported from France.
Alas, Famous Barr closed its doors
some years ago,
but Manfred is still consulting in St. Louis,
and a featured judge at Sunday's SOUP'S ON event.
(Here's a copy of the original Famous Barr soup recipe.)