A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first grapefruit trees in Florida around Tampa Bay in 1823. Today, Florida produces more grapefruit than the rest of the world combined.
The first advertisement for jelly beans was supposedly published in the Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905.
Frank Hardart and Joe Horn open the first Automat on June 9, 1902. The beginnings of modern fast food.
Peter Minuit (1580-1638) established the first public brewery in America at the Market Field in lower Manhattan.
The first brewery in America was built in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1642.
The first restaurant, by that name, was opened in in 1765 by Parisian soup maker M. Boulanger. His was the first establishment to offer a menu with a choice of dishes. Nothing is known about M. Boulanger (some say A. Boulanger), and this may not be his name, but simply his occupation (boulanger means baker).
Frank Hardart and Joe Horn open their first Automat on June 9, 1902 at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The beginnings of modern fast food.
The first Wheaties commercial (live) aired when host Red Barbar promoted it during a Brooklyn Dodgers game (Variety, August 30, 1939). Later the Dodgers did a promotion dressed in street clothes saying 'Yum, Yum Stuff!' (Variety, April 24, 1940)
The first cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island, New York.
Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1899 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.
The first 12 oz aluminum can was introduced by Royal Crown Cola in 1964. It wasn't until 3 years later that Coke started using the aluminum can.
Des Plaines, Illinois is home to the first McDonald's.
The first Dunkin Donuts and the first Howard Johnson's were both in Quincy, Massachusettes.
The first basic cookbook written for the housewife, rather than the trained chef with a staff of helpers, was probably Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery for Private Families", published in London in 1845.
Macao and Woosung, founded by Chinese immigrant Norman Asing in 1849 is the first recorded Chinese restaurant in the U.S.
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