Food & History: May 13

Food & History: May 13 1806  The definition of the term Cocktail appears printed in the Hudson, New York publication ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository,’ in reply to a readers question: “Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” 1950  Diner’s Club issues the first credit cards.

Today in History: April 1

Today in History: April 1 April Fool’s Day 1891 Wrigley Chewing Gum Company founded. 1893 The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which eventually became KitchenAid. 1957  The BBC aired a spoof TV documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland, showing women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a […]

Today in History: February 26

Today in History: February 26 1852  Founder of Kellogg’s Breakfast Cereal born, John Harvey Kellogg. 1916  Entertainer Jackie Gleason born in Brooklyn, New York. Gleason who was friends with Frank Sinatra, took Sinatra to Toot’s Shor in Manhattan and had introduced him to Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. The whiskey and Sinatra’s love for it, launches it […]

Today in History: February 10

Today in History: February 10 1909  James Taylor dies.  Businessman and politician who served in the New Jersey Senate but best known for his breakfast staple in all diners, Taylor Ham, later called pork roll by those who wished to imitate it. 1944  Frances Moore Lappe was born, author of best selling books on food […]