Today in History: April 3 1829 James Carrington of Connecticut patents the coffee mill. 1964 Chef Bobby Chinn born. 1985 The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, closes after 57 years. The Cobb Salad was created here in 1936.
Today in History: April 2 1974 Alexandre Dumaine dies, one of the most decorated French chefs.
Today in History: March 25 1775 George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson. 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug born. An American agronomist and Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger. He developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ […]
Today in History: March 17 461 Saint Patrick, an Italian Christian missionary, bishop and Apostle of Ireland dies. 1762 First St. Patrick’s Day parade held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. 1845 Henry Jones, a baker in Bristol, England receives a patent for self-raising flour. 1968 Over 6,000 sheep […]
Today in History: March 16 1740 Jacob Schweppe born, he first developed the first practical process for carbonated mineral water. 1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. 1990 Chef Alain Ducasse at age 33 is the youngest chef ever to have a restaurant receive 3 Michelin stars.
Today in History: March 10 1867 Lillian D. Wald born. She was a scientist and nurse, and helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the USA. 1873 John Torrey dies, the first professional botanist in the New World. 2005 British cook and writer Patience Gray, dies. Author of ‘Plats Du Jour’, ‘Honey From […]
Today in History: February 21 1931 Alka Seltzer is introduced in the USA by Miles Laboratories. 1947 Lidia Bastianich born, an Istrain-born chef and immigrant to the USA. Chef, restaurateur, author and award winning TV cooking show host. 2001 The European Commission banned all British milk, meat and livestock exports following an outbreak of disease […]
Today in History: February 14 St. Valentine’s Day *Today is one of the biggest days in retail for chocolate and flower sales, as well as dining. 1871 Thomas Adams of Hudson City, New Jersey receives a patent for a method of producing chewing gum. 1886 California oranges first shipped East by rail. 1922 The Fleischmann […]
Today in History: February 11 1785 Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture founded. 1922 Frederick Grant Banting announces the discovery of insulin which is used to treat diabetes. 1926 Legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse born. 1963 The French Chef premieres on Television. It stars the iconic Julia Child. 1982 Florida Strawberry Growers Association founded.
Today in History: February 7 1074 Battle of Montesarchio: Prince of Benevento, Pandulf IV killed battling the encroaching Normans in southern Italy. 1948 Yutaka Ishinabe born in Yokohama, Japan. He was the first French chef on the original Japanese cooking program Iron Chef which was later adapted for American Television.