“Martha Stewart made your uncle an omelet.” For years, my grandmother has told this single sentence story every time Martha Stewart was mentioned. There was never any context; the way my grandmother told the story, it sounded like Ms. Stewart was my uncle’s personal chef. This past summer, however, I learned that the truth isn’t quite so interesting. During the time that my aunt was working at the Shakespeare theater in Stratford, Connecticut, she was asked to plan a brunch. Hearing glowing recommendations about an up-and-coming caterer named Martha Stewart, my aunt decided to try her out. For her “audition,” Ms. Stewart prepared breakfast for my aunt and her husband. And so Martha Stewart made my uncle an omelet. While it’s not the most exciting story in the world, it is one of those fun “I knew a celebrity before she was a celebrity stories,” which are always mildly diverting.
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