Legend — defined:

1.  story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.
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2.  totally worth of respect for any reason; someone or something whose coolness extends beyond all space and time.
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The Philly Cheesesteak has earned its legendary status—from humble beginnings to worldwide sensation.

Original Philly is proud to present this mini-doc that traces the real backstory of how the cheesesteak has grown into one of the world’s proudest and most polarizing indulgences.

Come for the fun facts, stay for the stories and colorful characters that make the cheesesteak legendary. Dare we say it’s a must-watch for anyone who loves cheesesteaks or wants to know the truth about who, when and how!


Randall. Jaws. Donovan. Mike Vick. Jim McMahon…

Our hometown’s beloved Eagles have had quite a few dynamic quarterbacks running the offense since 1981 when Original Philly Cheesesteak Co. was founded. So, in giddy celebration of the Carson Wentz era that is off to a flying start, we thought we’d take a quick look back at the players who’ve handled the huddle during the 37 years we’ve been in business.*

Ron Jaworski
Joe Pisarcik
Randall Cunningham
Jim McMahon

Jeff Kemp
Brad Goebel
Ken O’Brien
Bubby Brister
Rodney Peete
Ty Detmer
Mark Rypien
Bobby Hoying
Koy Detmer
Doug Pederson

Donovan McNabb
A.J. Feeley
Jeff Blake
Mike McMahon
Jeff Garcia
Kevin Kolb

Michael Vick
Vince Young
Nick Foles
Mark Sanchez
Sam Bradford
Carson Wentz

If you’re like us, you’ll find it somewhat entertaining (and a bit painful) to peer back and remember the athletes and competitors who were never able to do what we truly believe #11 will do—hopefully a few times: chaperone that elusive Lombardi Trophy in a glorious parade down Broad Street!

So if you’re lucky enough to score some Birds tickets, have a ball down at the Linc, watching perhaps the best QB yet to sport Eagles Green.

And, of course, in between high fives and rousing renditions of the Eagles fight song, be sure to grab yourself an authentic Original Philly cheesesteak!


*We acknowledge that this may not be an exhaustive list, as we don’t want to bore you with the names of every single second- and third-stringer!

Springdale, Ark.November 13, 2017 – Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) has completed the acquisition of Philadelphia-based Original Philly Holdings, Inc., one of the nation’s leading producers of raw and fully-cooked Philly-style sandwich steak and cheesesteak appetizer products.

“Original Philly Holdings is a natural, strategic fit with our Prepared Foods Business,” said Tyson Foods Prepared Foods Group President Sally Grimes. “The Original Philly brand and portfolio of products are highly regarded in the foodservice industry and have a growing list of customer relationships with chain and convenience store operators.”

Original Philly Holdings consists of two business units: Original Philly Cheesesteak Company, which manufactures raw Philly Style sandwich steak products, and Philadelphia Pre-Cooked Steak Company, which manufactures fully-cooked Philly-style sandwich steak products. Its customers include foodservice, retail and convenience store providers. The company, which employs approximately 250 people, operates two plants in Philadelphia, Pa.

“We look forward to combining our commercial and operational resources with Original Philly Holdings’ capabilities to offer new solutions to customers and consumers, expand distribution, and continue the growth and legacy of the business,” Grimes said.

“We’re excited to be part of the Tyson Foods family, which will allow us to build on the legacy of our business,” said John Karamatsoukas, president and CEO of Original Philly Holdings. “Tyson Foods is a leader in the food industry and has a strong reputation for successfully acquiring and growing family-owned businesses like ours. With deep appreciation for our customers, employees, and vendors’ contributions to Original Philly’s success, I remain confident that Tyson Foods will honor and operate the business in a manner consistent with the values we embrace.”

Integration teams from Tyson Foods and Original Philly have been formed and the company will remain focused on maintaining high quality customer service during the transition.

About Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 114,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

About Original Philly Holdings, Inc.
Original Philly Cheesesteak Co., originally known as Roxborough Meat Co., was founded in 1981 in a converted garage in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section. The Company started producing portion controlled Philly Style sliced steaks for sale to local and regional foodservice operators. Original Philly experienced 36 years of year-over-year growth as Philly cheesesteaks increasingly became standard global menu fare. In 1991, Philadelphia Pre-Cooked Steak Co. was founded to serve a rapidly growing customer base that was looking for convenient heat-and-serve fully cooked Philly steaks. Original Philly Cheesesteak Co. and Philadelphia Pre-Cooked Steak Co. merged in early 2017 under Original Philly Holdings, Inc. For more information visit: www.phillycheesesteak.com.


Media Contact:
Caroline Ahn, 312-614-6047 | caroline.ahn@tyson.com

Friday, March 24th, baby! The day our great nation celebrates one of its most delicious contributions to the world. The day we anticipate like it’s a springtime counterpart to Christmas. The day our mouths water like Niagara Falls, waiting to chomp into the delicacy of honor.

Of course you can get into the spirit by rocking your cheesesteak hat, debating the “wit’ or wit’out?” dilemma with friends and colleagues, and/or road tripping to Passyunk Avenue to commemorate the glorious place where it all began.

But the best way to celebrate? Dig into an authentic, freshly prepared, hot and juicy cheesesteak with Original Philly beef or chicken smack dab in the center of the action. Naturally!

Yeah, we’re biased—but we’re hardly the only ones who feel this way. For 36 years, Original Philly has been a respected stamp of authenticity, in our hometown and literally around the globe. Our products epitomize the flavor, feel, and experience that define what a real Philly cheesesteak should be.

Lots of steak shops, pizzerias, and delis around our city, as well as eateries in places like L.A. and Texas (where they know their beef!), join the party by giving away free steak sandwiches, hosting eating contests, and so on.

However you choose to celebrate, just make sure you don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to satisfy your carnivorous craving.

If you’re the DIY type (or happen to be located somewhere an authentic Philly cheesesteak just isn’t available) and want help with a recipe—classic or creative—stop by the “Prep School” feature on our website for ideas and cooking tips.

And if you need a full rundown on preparing your own celebratory feast, check out our Cheesesteaks 101 section as well as our How to Cook Up a Real Philly Cheesesteak guide to get the skinny from a bona fide cheesesteak expert and devotee.

Happy #NationalCheesesteakDay, friends! Let’s eat!