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 14 1721 Gurdon Saltonstall, Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, proclaims November 8, 1721 as “Publick Thanksgiving” 1953 Clarence Saunders dies, founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. 1955 American Chef Thomas Keller was born. 1957 Joseph J. Magliocco born, president of Michter’s Whiskey and Chatham Imports which specialize in wine and […]
Food & History: October 10 1796 The traditional date of the creation of the metric system. 1892 Earle Dickson born, he invented Band-Aids for his wife who frequently burned or cut herself in the kitchen. 1911 Jack Daniel dies, the whiskey that bears his name is legendary.
Food & History: June 20 1972 Founder of Howard Johnson’s chain of restaurants and motels dies 2004 Bacardi acquires Grey Goose Vodka. 2008 Founder of fast food chain Hardee’s dies.
Food & History: June 2 1851 The US State of Maine becomes the first state to ban alcohol.
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 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 […]
Food & History: May 17 1733 England passes the Molasses Act which put high tariffs on molasses, rum and sugar imported to the colonies from anyplace other than Britain or its territories.
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.
Food & History: May 11 1992 Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera dies, inventor of the Margarita cocktail in 1938.