The Chef Boy-Ar-Dee brand, another Italian-American supermarket staple, got its start and its name courtesy of a real-life chef by the name of Hector Boiardi. Boiardi was born in Piacenza, Italy, and began as an apprentice in a hotel kitchen when he was 11 years old. He moved to New York City in 1917 to work as a cook at the Plaza Hotel, where his older brother, Richard Paul Boiardi, was a waiter. In the 1920s he started a restaurant called Il Giardino D'Italia in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Helen. At the restaurant, his spaghetti sauce was in such demand that he decided to can and sell it. Boiardi found a group of farmers in Milton, Pennsylvania, who were willing to grow tomatoes for him, and he opened up a canning plant in an old hosiery mill there. His first product was a package that included dried pasta, cheese, and a can of tomato sauce—every ingredient one would need for a spaghetti night. Boiardi had trouble at first getting his products into supermarkets, but his luck changed when his brother Richard prepared his spaghetti sauce at the Plaza for John Hartford, who ran the A&P supermarket chain with his brother. Hartford promised to help; things took off from there. As evidence, a 1931 Piggly Wiggly ad I turned up features "Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Spaghetti Dinner" for 33 cents per set. (Hector had opted to phoneticize the spelling of his last name on his products, as otherwise no one—including his salesmen—could likely have pronounced it properly.) "Everyone is proud of his own family name, but sacrifices are necessary for progress," he said. Hector died in 1985 in Parma, Ohio, at the age of 87.