Food & History: November 1 1897 The Waldorf-Astoria opens as the largest hotel in the world at the time with 1,300 rooms. 1997 Victor Mills dies, the chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble, inventing Duncan Hines cake mix, Jif peanut butter, etc. 2009 The November 2009 issue of Gourmet magazine was the last […]
Food & History: October 28 1846 Georges Auguste Escoffier born. Known as “the emperor of chefs” and “emperor of the world’s kitchens” by Emperor William II of Germany. 1886 The Statue of Liberty officially unveiled and dedicated in New York Harbor. 1912 The Carleton Hotel opens in Montreal, Canada (now the Ritz Carleton). 1914 George Eastman […]
Food & History: October 26 1734 Thomas Henry born, an apothecary in England, who was the first to artificially carbonate water. 1854 C.W. Post born, founder of what later became General Foods. 1918 Cesar Ritz dies in Switzerland, his last name is world renowned for luxury hotels. 2007 One of the earliest TV celebrity chefs, […]
Food & History: October 18 1969 Diet sweetener Cyclamate banned due to links to cancer, but still widely used throughout the world today. 1998 The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas opens with 3,000 rooms.
Food & History: September 27 1870 Edmund McIlhenny patents an improved method for making pepper sauce and today only the Tabasco Sauce can bear that name. 1877 James Drummond Dole born. Known as the Pineapple King, he founded Hawaiian Pineapple Company which was later renamed Dole Pineapple Co. 1898 American cookbook author Clementine Paddleford was […]
Food & History: September 4 1885 The Exchange Buffet opens at 7 New Street in Manhattan, it is one of the first self service restaurants, and only served men. 1904 The St. Regis Hotel opens in New York City, it was the first hotel to have central air conditioning and heating in every room. 1920 […]
Food & History: July 17 1763 John Jacob Astor born in Waldorf, Germany, founder of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
Today in History: March 21 1904 Canadian Foodie Jehane Benoît was born. 1904 St. Francis Hotel opens in San Francisco, California. 1910 Julio Gallo born, founder of the largest winery in the United States. 1994 A shortage of Japanese grown rice due to bad harvests. Japan’s Imperial Palace serves royal meals to the Emperor & […]
Today in History: March 13 1764 Charles Grey born. Earl Grey was supposedly given the recipe for Earl Grey Tea by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends. 1813 Famed restauranteur Lorenzo Delmonico born, He later transformed his uncle’s pastry shop into one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Manhattan and the country. 1893 […]