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.
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: March 23 1806 Lewis & Clark expedition began the journey back to St. Louis from their winter encampment from Columbia River in Oregon. 1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born, American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book’ which became known in future editions as […]
Today in History: March 16 1740 Jacob Schweppe born, he first developed the first practical process for carbonated mineral water. 1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. 1990 Chef Alain Ducasse at age 33 is the youngest chef ever to have a restaurant receive 3 Michelin stars.