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Snacks and Baseball

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Phin Upham

Baseball has a long and storied history, but it tends to skip over all of the back-end stuff that makes the game as charming as it is. One of the pieces of that backbone is the vendor. This individual is responsible for feeding fans as they partake in America’s favorite pastime.

Baseball reached new highs in the early 19th century, when it began attracting more fans for actual games. At the time, race tracks and fairs were already known for their concessions. Baseball was merely playing catch-up when it introduced concessions to fans.

Food would often vary by region. Chowder could be found at Fenway, while Philadelphia preferred the pretzel with mustard. Nathan’s famous franks were available in New York City, but even fine dining options were in high demand. People of wealth wanted a place to sit and observe the game at their own pace, eating something with a finer taste than the American hot dog.

If you are one of those people who likes to talk about “the good old days,” and how much cheaper everything used to be, it might surprise you to learn that food was expensive back then too. Stadiums knew the simple economics of it: people who were sitting outdoors for long periods needed food and drink.

The hot dog is what truly revolutionized the world of baseball stadium food. It became the standard offering at most games, and grew to immense popularity in American culture at the time.


About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website

The Best Idea in Town

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written By Gelato Products

While the economy may not be great, it’s definitely getting better. So get ready to start making money. Of course, it won’t come easy. You’ll need the right idea and plenty of work ethic. But if you have the latter, we have the former. Ready? Start a gelato shop. Despite its frozen nature, gelato is one of the most popular food products out there right now. Best of all, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. While it’s so much better than ice cream, a gelato shop essentially functions just like a gelato shop. So you take an existing idea and switch out the product.

And really, the product is about all that needs replacing. Gelato cups and spoons are really just the same as the ice cream version. The same can be said for just about every other gelato products out there. So you’re really not doing anything different but serving something better than ice cream.

Plus, as the industry is still growing, you have a shot at being the first one in your area offering gelato. Just like that, you could rule the industry in your town.

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When you need products for your gelato store, it couldn’t be easier remembering whom to go to. After all, the store itself is called Gelato Products. There you’ll find a gelato suppliers’ paradise with things likegelato spoons, cups, napkins, covers and just about anything else you need to make your store a success at a low price.

Ladies: Is it Appropriate to Split the Bill on a First Date?

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by New York Socials

When it comes to the dos and don’ts of a first date, it seems everyone has advice on the matter. Ask a friend, the hair dresser, or even a clerk at the supermarket, and they probably have their own set of rules about what you should or shouldn’t do when you go out with a man for the first time. For the most part, people agree on the basics. But perhaps the most controversial question is whether you should split the bill. Should you allow a man to pay for your evening or split the cost with him? The answer is no. As an experienced matchmaker and founder of a company that offers NY dating services, I always advise my clients to allow the man to pay. Here’s why:

Allow Him to Be a Gentleman

Every woman appreciates a true gentleman, a man who still opens doors, pulls out chairs, and yes, pays the bill for a first date. Allowing your date to pay for the first date gives him the chance to show you that he is a gentleman. Give him that chance.

Don’t Set Precedence

The first date is a great opportunity to set good examples. Examples of how you want and should be treated as a woman. Although on the surface it might seem like a nice thing to do to offer to split the bill, in reality it is a bad example of how you want to be treated in the future. Set a good example and enjoy the treat.

New York Socials offers a high end dating service in NYC for affluent men. Founder Marina Margulis provides personal matchmaking services.

New York Pizza

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Phin Upham

New York pizza originates in 1905, when a man named Gennaro Lombardi opened a pizzeria at 53 ½ Spring Street. Pizza dates back to the Neapolitan age of Italy, supposedly first made by Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria de Pietro. Another origin story puts the creation of pizza as a tribute to the introduction of Queen Margherita to King Umberto. This was in Naples, in the year 1889.

It was largely a localized delicacy until immigrants began arriving in New York City seeking a better life. The ingredients were different, but the chefs were determined to bring back that taste of home. Instead of buffalo-milk mozzarella for instance, chefs had cow’s milk. Oregano was replaced by sweet marjoram. Everything about the pizza in America was different, even the quality of water.

World War II played a significant role in the spread of pizzas through America. After returning from European theaters of war, the troops had acquired a taste for the flat bread. That helped spur the spread of pizzerias outside of the Eastern seaboard.

Of course, the style is very different from what is colloquially known as the “Chicago Deep Dish.” This pizza was created at Pizzeria Uno, which is a chain that still survives today. Chicago deep dish was slow to catch on. It first appeared in 1912, served from a basket atop a man’s head, to very confused people who couldn’t figure out whether it was meant to be eaten or used as roofing materials. Perhaps that is why pizza is now served in boxes.


Phin Upham

Phin Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Twitter page.

Karo Syrup History

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Samuel Phineas Upham

The Corn Products Refining Company of New York and Chicago was formed in 1901, and launched its flagship product on May 13th of that year. It shipped both light and dark versions of its corn syrup, and named the concoction after the wife of the chemist who created it, Caroline.

Prior to Karo’s release, the American house wife had a jug that she carried with her to the grocery store. There, she would receive a refill from the barrels of sugar the grocer had. Karo changed all of that in a convenient disposable container.

The product was well-received and marketed to the masses with a “friction top” tin that allowed for easy access to the syrup. The syrup was often advertised in ladies magazines, as a spread for white bread. It was advertised as a sweet treat to be consumed at breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ads were often full page, and full of eleven different recipes that kids would love and parents would value for nutrition.

The president of the Corn Products Refining Company launched an ambitious ad campaign to bring national awareness to his syrup. The company published an edition of its Karo cookbook, which included 120 different recipes worth preparing.

Then, the company found a way to ensure its products would live forever. The wife of one of the sales executives was playing with the syrup in her kitchen when she figured out how to make pecan pie. The use of Karo syrup was so important to the recipe, that Southerners still call it Karo pie today.


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Samuel Phineas Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Samuel Phineas Upham on his Samuel Phineas Upham website.