Elvis Presley is one of the most iconic figures in history. Decades after his passing in 1977, he still has a following base that spans multiple generations. His name has been everywhere, for both positive and negative reasons. This year, Baz Luhrmann’s movie is up for eight Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Picture. The film has refocused attention on the King.
In contrast, since the sad passing of his sole child, Lisa Marie Presley earlier this year, there has been a cloud over his legacy and the ownership of his estate. If you are an Elvis fan, you may have made a trip to Graceland. It’s the mansion he purchased in Memphis in 1957 at the age of 22 and where he resided until his passing in 1977. Before this, though, he resided in a much smaller home that is a southern landmark and a must-see for his fans.
Elvis was born in 1935 in a two-room house in what was then considered the “roughest town in north Mississipi.” Vernon, Elvis’ father, had taken out a $180 loan to build the home himself. However, it was repossessed only three years after the birth of Elvis because Vernon was unable to repay the debt. Elvis and his family would reside in numerous different Tupelo homes over the next decade. At the age of 13, Evlis’ family relocated to Memphis. Even though he only lived there for a short time, it remains the site most closely identified with The King.
For Elvis, Tupelo was always the place he called home. In 1957, he performed there and donated the earnings to a nearby park’s building. In the same year, Tupelo purchased the house that Vernon had constructed. 14 years later, the Est Heights Garden Club, a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and cleaning Tupelo’s historic sites, restored and decorated the house with period furnishings donated by residents to maintain its authenticity. Since they opened the home to the public, it has remained a popular tourist location.
Elvis Left a Huge Legacy
Elvis may have only been there for a few years, but the house’s influence on culture as a whole cannot be overstated. Elvis’ background was one of rural poverty, and he rose to fame due to his unique talent and magnetism, not because of his connections. In Tupelo, his mother purchased him his first guitar when he was 11 years old and introduced him to gospel and blues music. Long after he became famous, Tupelo remained significant to him, and despite achieving heights of success and wealth that his family never imagined, he remained true to his southern roots.
The modesty of Elvis Presley’s birthplace contrasts with the extravagance of Graceland, and it is just that contrast that makes a visit to the Tupelo home so fascinating. Many fans have gained a greater knowledge of The King of Rock and Roll after visiting his humble two-room house.
Eggy Pizza Is Chef Marc Forgione’s Perfect Toddler Breakfast
The acclaimed Iron Chef, Marc Forgione uses an interesting recipe to make the mornings of his three-year-old child fun. The young chef understands the power of good branding, and nearly every morning, he makes his three-year-old son Sonny a unique frittata breakfast. He follows a simple, healthy recipe that’s easy to prepare and can be used as a vessel for leftover vegetables. Forgione also wanted to make it a bit more special and exciting to a toddler, so he cut it into triangle slices and called it Eggy Pizza.
Chef Marc Forgione Makes Eggy Pizza Breakfast for His Son Regularly
According to Forgione, Eggy Pizza is a perfect example of taking a mundane breakfast and making it more playful. According to him, he sometimes uses zucchini and sometimes tomatoes, and sometimes even puts broccoli and onions, as well as other vegetables from dinner the day before. He has also shared that Sonny would get excited about the Eggy Pizza every time. Whether he would cook for customers or his child, Forgione tries to follow the same principles.
Forgione Invented the Eggy Pizza When Making Breakfast for Sonny
Playfulness was always a definitive trait of Forgione’s cooking. Being the son of legendary chef Larry Forgione, he started working in kitchens at 16 and opened his restaurant, Marc Forgione, at 29. He then became the youngest American chef to get consecutive Michelin stars. Today, he is also the owner of American Cut steakhouse and the youngest person to ever receive the title of Iron Chef. Recently, he got handed the keys to the celebrated rustic Italian restaurant Peasant and devised the Eggy Pizza while making its new menu. Apparently, he got the idea one morning when he was making breakfast for Sonny.
Making Breakfast for Sonny Has Become Like a Ritual for Forgione
Making the Eggy Pizza breakfast is crucial for Forgione and his relationship with his family. His demanding schedule usually means that he’s rarely home for dinner, so breakfast represents his prized father-son time. According to Forgione, the ritual of preparing the dish helps him ground himself at the moment. He also says he was lucky that Sonny’s always been an eater, so convincing him to take bites of his father’s meals was never a difficult task. For parents who do not feel very confident in the kitchen, Forgione has some advice, and that is to start with something simple. For him, the Eggy Pizza is a perfect example because making it doesn’t require the skills of a professional chef. Still, he emphasizes that taking a moment to sit down and eat with the kids is something they would definitely appreciate and bring the whole family together.