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At which hotel was Boston Cream Pie first served?

If you guessed the Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts, you guessed correctly! The custard-filled cake with chocolate frosting – now the official state dessert of Massachusetts – got its start at Parker’s Restaurant at Boston’s Omni Parker House in 1856. So did soft, buttery Parker House Rolls, whose recipe was kept secret until 1933 when U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt requested they be served at a White House Dinner.

As the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States, Omni Parker House has hosted every American President since Ulysses S. Grant. One has a particularly strong tie to the Omni Parker House, John F. Kennedy. He made his first public speech at the age of seven in the Press Room while attending his grandfather, Honey Fitzgerald’s, birthday party. The Press Room later became the place where he announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress and where he held his bachelor party. Parker’s Restaurant also holds significance for John F. Kennedy, as Table 40 is where he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier.

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