FEBRUARY 24 - Today in Food History
• National Tortilla Chip Day (Tortilla Trivia & Facts)
• World Bartender Day: Support your local bartender!
• World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb 24, 2018)
[Sword Swallowers Association International]
• National 30 Hour Famine (Feb 23-24, 2018 and April 27-28, 2018) Students in the U.S. and around the world unite to learn about hunger, raise funds to help the hungry, and then go hungry themselves for 30 hours!
• National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend:
[Girl Scouts of America] (Feb 23-25, 2018)
• National FFA Week: Feb 17-24, 2018 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22
On this day in:
1809 Asa Fitch was born (died April 8, 1879). American entomologist who studied the relationship of insects to crops and whether they were beneficial or damaging. Knicknamed the 'Bug Catcher of Salem.'
1857 The Los Angeles Vineyard Society was established at what would become Anaheim, California.
1863 The Arizona Territory was created.
(Arizona Food Trivia and facts)
1874 John Bachman died. A Naturalist who wrote some of the text for John James Audubon's albums of birds and mammals of North America. He also published his own works on botany, agriculture and southern animals
1896 Caesar Cardini was born in Italy (died Nov 3, 1956 in Los Angeles). Chef and restaurateur in the U.S. and Mexico, he is credited with creating the Caesar Salad at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s.
(Caesar Salad History -- Caesar Salad Recipe)
1924 Abe Vigoda was born. American character actor. One of his well known TV characters was 'Fish' on 'Barney Miller'.
1938 DuPont begins production of nylon toothbrush bristles. A patent had been granted in 1937. The nylon bristles replaced hog bristles. No more brushing your teeth with hog hair!
1955 Steven Jobs was born, co-founder of Apple computer company. According to the company, he "grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley."
1989 A fossil egg was found in Utah that was 150 million years old.
2003 Bernard Loiseau died (born Jan 13, 1951). French chef, owner of La Cote d'Or in Saulier, a Michelin three-star recipient. He committed suicide, supposedly in response to reports that his restaurant might lose one of its 3 stars.