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Food & History: November 19

Food & History: November 19 1493  Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico during his 2nd voyage to the New World. 1961  Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappears in New Guinea and was presumed eaten by indigenous cannibals. 1966  Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito born. 1980  The Palmers open the first Applebee’s restaurant in in Atlanta, […]

Food & History: November 5

Food & History: November 5 1943  “Chef Tell’ (Friedman Paul Erhardt) born, one of the earliest celebrity TV chefs. 1963  Viking ruins found by archaeologists in Newfoundland.  Leif Ericson landed at ‘Vinland’, 500 years before Columbus discovered the New World. 1977  Guy Lombardo dies, the Famed band leader of the Royal Canadians, a musical fixture […]

Food & History: October 25

Food & History: October 25 1811  Dr. John M. Riggs born, the first surgeon to operate on a patient under anaesthesia when he extracted a tooth using nitrous oxide. 1905  J.J. McLaughlin Limited incorporated in Toronto to produce ‘Canada Dry Ginger Ale’. 1955  The first microwave oven introduced for home use. 2013  Award winning documentary […]

Food & History: September 30

Food & History: September 30 1861  William Wrigley, Jr. born. He was an advertising genius, and Wrigley’s became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world. 1997  Hooters Restaurants agrees to pay $3.8 million in damages to settle a class action lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices because they would not hire males to wait tables. […]

Food & History: September 11

Food & History: September 11 1851  Sylvester Graham dies.  He advocated vegetarianism, temperance and the use of coarse ground whole wheat (graham) flour from which he developed the Graham cracker in 1829. 1999  Bee keeper Virgil Foster dies at age 83 after being stung over 50 times by killer bees.  He was the first ‘killer […]