As much as I love Elvis's music, I love the legend of Elvis just as much. The excessiveness, his pet monkey, his addiction to pain killers, his TV glasses, his entourage wrapping his gut in saran wrap so he could fit in his jump suits. That's why I can't imagine it was any surprise when he turned up dead after choking on his own Kingly vomit thirty-three years ago today. As an Elvis fan, tonight I'll be dining on one of the King's favorite meals, the Fool's Gold Loaf. The ingredients couldn't be any simpler:
1 loaf italian white bread
1 stick of butter
1 jar of peanut butter
1 jar of grape jelly
1 pound of bacon
Legend has it that Elvis was so enamoured by the sandwich that clocks in at anywhere between 8,000 and 42,000 calories that he would go to any length to enjoy the tasty coronary inducing treat:
On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver, Colorado, police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich, and Elvis decided he wanted one right then. The Mine Company was a five-star restaurant known for its rip-roaring parties and as the 'place' to be seen at the time. Elvis had been to the restaurant before, while in Denver.
Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Elvis's private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived in Denver at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by Buck Scott, the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool's Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Presley invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the airport.