Hundreds of Stan Lee fans attend special ceremony coinciding with opening of Excelsior Collectibles
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen years after gracing Hollywood’s silver screen with Harold & Kumar, White Castle and its food truck, the Crave Mobile, returned to Tinseltown on April 15 and 16 to celebrate one super hero and satiate the Cravings of hundreds more.
In a special ceremony in front of fans and media, White Castle welcomed comic legend and Marvel Chairman Emeritus, Stan “The Man” Lee into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame. A big fan of White Castle since his childhood years spent in Washington Heights and the Bronx, Stan Lee joins rock icon Alice Cooper and the stars of “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” John Cho and Kal Penn, as a full-fledged member of this exclusive club.
“Stan is the ingenious creator of Spider-Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, X-Men™ and so many others – he has the incomparable power to create legendary superheroes that are favorites in homes around the world!” said Jamie Richardson, Vice President of White Castle. “It turns out, while we grew up on his comics, he grew up on our sliders. The Cravers Hall of Fame was founded to celebrate a shared love of White Castle, and, now Stan Lee will forever be celebrated among the elite Cravers!”
Stan Lee is no stranger to Hall of Fame inductions. Lee was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. This was White Castle’s turn to induct Lee in true Craver fashion. Stan Lee was honored with a custom plaque and a host of surprise gifts, including a framed photograph of the first White Castle Lee visited as a child, an official identification badge granting unlimited access to the employee cafeteria in Columbus, OH, and a guarantee of one Crave Case per month for as long as he would like.
The tributes continued with a signed resolution from Ohio Governor, John R. Kasich, commending Stan Lee on his induction. Columbus Mayor, Andrew J. Ginther, sent a letter of congratulations and personal invitation to visit Ohio’s capital.
“Growing up in Washington Heights and the Bronx, I loved White Castle. The infamous slider was a favorite then, just as it remains today over 85 years later!” said Lee. “I am grateful to White Castle for recognizing my lifelong Crave-ings and honored to join past and future Craver Hall of Fame inductees. And to be perfectly honest, I’m also looking forward to receiving my Crave Case each month from White Castle!”
A surprise headliner of the event, White Castle’s Crave Mobile, made the 2,200-mile drive from Columbus, Ohio, to be on hand and serve the chain’s iconic slider and other menu items free of charge for all in attendance. The ceremony coincided with the grand opening of Stan Lee’s Excelsior Collectibles store in Brea, CA.
The Cravers Hall of Fame will begin accepting submissions in May for the 17th annual class of Cravers. For more information, visit https://www.whitecastle.com/
About White Castle®
\White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain based in Columbus, Ohio, has been making Bold Moves™ as a family-owned business for more than 95 years. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921, serving The Original Slider®, made from 100 percent USDA inspected beef. Today White Castle owns and operates nearly 400 restaurants in 13 states. The pioneering original slider, Time Magazine’s most influential burger of all time, is served alongside a menu of creatively crafted sliders and other tasty food options. White Castle’s commitment to maintaining the highest quality products extends to the company owning and operating its own meat processing plants and bakeries as well as three frozen food processing plants. The retail division markets White Castle signature products in grocery, club stores, convenience stores, vending operations and concessions across the United States and in a growing number of international locations, including military base exchanges around the world.
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