The story goes that Waldorf Salad was created by Oscar Tschirky, the Maître D’hôtel at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The year was 1893. Benjamin Harrison was the new elected president of the USA. The USA was entering a serious depression after the stock market crashed That depression signaled huge changes in American life and was accompanied by violent strikes, Populist crusades and a 12% unemployment rate.
Few people remember the depression, lots remember the salad. Funny how life works.