Anyone who’s addicted to Russ & Daughters, knows Herman Vargas (see photo), the legendary appetizing store’s longtime manager. If you head over to the shop’s blog, Lox Populi, you’ll see plenty of photos from last week’s celebration honoring Vargas’s 30 years of service. He started in the kitchen peeling onions when he was 17. As Russ & Daughters notes, Herman has been:
“…right hand man to three generations of the Russ family, friend and go-to-guy for countless customers, and he was immortalized as “Herman the Artistic Slicer” in Calvin Trillin’s book, Tepper Isn’t Going Out. Russ & Daughters would not be what it is today without Herman.”
Trillin himself apparently delivered an inspired and hilarious toast. and then there was the original poem, written and recited by Alina Sheffi, who’s been behind the counter at Russ & Daughters for a mere 20 years. See the poem in its entirety after the jump.