Food & History: November 23 1534 German botanist Otto Brunfels dies. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany. 1553 Italian Botanist Prospero Alpini born. He is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe. 1828 Cornelius Hoagland born, Co-founder of Royal Baking Powder Company in 1866. 1921 US […]
Food & History: November 19 1493 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico during his 2nd voyage to the New World. 1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in New Guinea and was presumed eaten by indigenous cannibals. 1966 Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito born. 1980 The Palmers open the first Applebee’s restaurant in in Atlanta, […]
Food & History: November 16 1620 Maize, the first corn discovered by European settlers. 1889 The Oahu Railway begins on Oahu, Hawaii. This railroad makes it possible to move agricultural products from inland to port.
Food & History: November 11 1918 Culinary historian Karen Hess born. 1933 The first great dust storm occurrs on the Great Plains from Texas to Canada with drifts up to 6 feet. 1938 Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) dies in New York City. She was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of […]
Food & History: November 10 1847 Carlsberg brewery in Denmark begins production. 1925 Canadian wheat farmers harvest a record 423 million bushels of wheat. 1951 Calls from New York to California could be made without operator assistance, also known as “direct dialing”.
Food & History: October 20 1970 Norman Ernest Borlaug receives the Nobel Peace Prize for the ‘Green Revolution’ in which he developed new varieties of wheat and rice to increase food production in under developed countries.
Food & History: October 11 1811 The first steam-powered ferryboat began operation between New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey. 1844 Founder of the Heinz condiment company Henry John Heinz born. 1887 The 1st convention of the North West Farmers’ Association opens in Saskatchewa, Canada. 1919 The first airline meals are served, a pre-packed lunch […]
Food & History: September 29 1819 The whaling era in the Hawaiian Islands begins when two New England ships arrive. 1989 August A. Busch Jr. (‘Gussie’) dies, the grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewery founder Adolphus Busch. 2002 Cuban officials announce they struck deals to buy more than $66 million in American food at a historic agribusiness […]
Food & History: September 26 1754 French chemist Joseph-Louis Proust born. He extracted sugar from grapes, and proved it identical to sugar extracted from honey. 1774 John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) born. American pioneer and legend who planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area in the states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. 1904 Writer Lafcadio Hearn […]
Food & History: September 11 1851 Sylvester Graham dies. He advocated vegetarianism, temperance and the use of coarse ground whole wheat (graham) flour from which he developed the Graham cracker in 1829. 1999 Bee keeper Virgil Foster dies at age 83 after being stung over 50 times by killer bees. He was the first ‘killer […]