Food & History: August 29 1893 60 independent orange growers formed the Southern California Fruit Exchange to market their fruit. 1896 Chop suey created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang. 1933 The “Fritos” snack corn chip trademarked. 2007 Alfred Peet dies, founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea in […]
Food & History: August 20 1867 The British Parliament mandates that lemon or lime juice must be provided to most ships crews daily to prevent illness such as scurvy. 1929 The trademark ‘La Choy’ registered by La Choy Food Products.
Food & History: August 6 1867 Sheldon Everitt received a patent for a Tea Kettle. 1881 Alexander Fleming born. He was a Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. 1889 The Savoy Hotel opens in London, with Cesar Ritz and Escoffier. 1896 Spreckels Sugar Company (beet sugar) was incorporated in California. 1928 Andy Warhol born. American […]
Food & History: August 20 1904. Michael J. Owens received a patent for a ‘Glass Shaping Machine’ (patent assigned to the Toledo Glass Company).
Food & History: July 27 1880 African American Alexander P. Ashbourne patents the method for refining coconut oil.
Food & History: June 1 1495 Scotch whiskey in written form first appears in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. 1875 A.P. Ashbourne receives a patent for domestic use coconut.
Food & History: May 20 1506 Explorer Christopher Columbus dies. 1799 Honore de Balzac Born. Author and food enthusiast, Balzac would lock himself in a room when he had a spell of creativity consuming only fruit, eggs and coffee. When he took a break he consumed huge amounts of food. One report recalls that at […]
Food & History: May 18 1808 Elijah Craig dies, an important figure in the invention of Bourbon Whiskey. 1994 The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) declared the first genetically engineered tomato safe for human consumption. 2001 Hong Kong ordered more than 1 million chickens and other poultry killed to halt the spread of a […]
Today in History: April 17 1629 Horses first imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1790 Benjamin Franklin dies. A Founding father of America, also, among many things including publisher of ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac.’ 1810 Lewis Mills Norton of Goshen, Connecticut issued a US patent for ‘pineapple cheese’. 1917 The Del Monte brand […]
Today in History: April 12 1949 United Fruit Company registers the ‘Chiquita Banana’ trademark for fresh bananas. 1989 The USSR issues ration cards for sugar due to shortages. 1990 Three US tuna companies StarKist, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee, announced their commitment to dolphin-safe tuna-catching of their products. 2001 Maryland bans farming of genetically […]