Dave Thomas opened his first Wendy’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio on this date in 1969. The pioneering chain was the first fast food outlet to offer a salad bar and in 2002, Wendy’s introduced freshly-prepared premium salads called Garden Sensations. The popular Chicken Caesar Salad came with a warm garlic breadstick in foil. Alas, the bread sticks are gone (and the Garden Sensations line was shaken up last year to poor reviews.)
Nonetheless, let’s honor the memory and legacy of Dave Thomas, who was adopted as an infant and went on to found the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to find adoptive families for children in foster care.
GARLIC BREAD STICKS
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
4 c. flour
garlic butter and course sea salt, to taste
Mix ingredients well. Divide dough in half. Make large roll, 12″ long, 3″ wide. Cut into 12 pieces. Roll to 6″ to 9″ long. Place on greased cookie sheet. Do same with half of dough. Bake 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Baste with garlic butter and sprinkle with sea salt before serving.