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 […]
Today in History: April 10 1633 Bananas first seen in Great Britain, more than 200 years before they were regularly imported. 1766 Sir John Leslie born, he was the first to create ice artificially using air pump apparatus. 1982 Saturday Night Live had viewers vote whether to boil ‘Larry the Lobster’ or not. The audience […]
Today in History: March 30 1868 The Pullman Palace Car Company introduces the first railroad dining car. 1899 Chiquita brands, originally known as the Tropical Trading & Transport Company merged with rival Boston Fruit Company to form the United Fruit Company. 1914 Morton Salt Company registers its ‘When It Rains It Pours’ trademark. 1972 Royal Canadian Navy […]
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 6 1617 Italian botanist Prospero Alpini died. He had introduced coffee and bananas to Europe. 1829 Bollinger Renaudin & Cie established, the producers of Champagne Bollinger. 1864 Frederic Tudor dies. “The Ice King” created an export trade for block ice harvested from frozen ponds in New England. The ice was shipped […]