FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE - 2006

2006 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 39 cents and post cards to 24 cents.

2006 Del Monte announced it was no longer economically feasible to grow pineapple in Hawaii and would cease its Hawaiian pineapple operation in two years.

2006 A ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, goes into effect in Scotland.

2006 Georges Duboeuf, a Beaujolais wine producer, was fined €30,000 for fraud when about 300,000 bottles of wine produced by his estate were found to have been illegally blended from different types of grape rather than a single source.

2006 Three people were arrested by the FBI for attempting to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets and recipes to Pepsi-Cola.

2006 Robert H. Brooks died (born Feb 6, 1937). Founder of Naturally Fresh Foods in 1966 and helped create The Hooters restaurant chain.

2006 A new record high July temperature in the U.K. was recorded in Wisley, Surrey where temperatures hit 97.7°F (36.3°C).

2006 The movies 'Beerfest' and 'How to Eat Fried Worms' opened in U.S. theatres.

2006 Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened the $25 million Coca-Cola bottling plant in the capital city of Kabul. The first major business to open in Afghanistan in more than a decade.

2006 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, closing at 12,011.73.

2006 While a Poultry and Food Science professor at Cornell University from 1949-1989 he developed chicken nuggets (keeping the breading on was the key), turkey ham, poultry hot dogs and many other products. He founded Cornell's Institute of Food Science and Marketing in 1970, and in 2004 was inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame.

2006 Chicago banned the sale of foie gras on April 26. (Repealed May 14, 2008).

2006 The U.S. population reached 300 million.

2006 Robert Rich died.  Founder of Rich Products Corp. and creator of the first frozen non-dairy whipped topping from soybean oil.

2006 The movie 'Fast Food Nation' opened in U.S. theatres.

2006 The last Western Union Telegrams are sent. Western Union ended its Telegram service on January 27

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th 'Alice in Dairyland' by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

2006 Krispy Kreme donuts opened its first Asian outlet in Hong Kong.

2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.

2006 Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, Illinois held a live cockroach eating contest.

2006 New York became the first U.S. city to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant food when the Board of Health voted to ban them on December 5.  NYC restaurants will have until July 1, 2007 to stop using frying oils with artery clogging trans fats, and will have to eliminate trans fats from all foods by July 1, 2008.

2006 The Hard Rock Cafes and Casinos were purchased by Florida's Seminole American Indian Tribe.

2006 The Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar.

2006 International Year of Deserts & Desertification.

2006 Deep Fried Coca-Cola is offered at the State Fair of Texas.

2006 An outbreak of illness from the dangerous E.Coli 0157:H7 was reported in December, with green onions as the suspected cause. Cases were reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, and Utah.

2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters.  It bans smoking in all bars & restaurants & is effective on Dec 8.

2006 Chicago's oldest restaurant, the 107 year old Berghoff Restaurant closed today.

2006 Restaurateur Claude Terrail, owner of La Tour d'Argent in Paris, died at age 88.

2006 The U.S. FDA reported an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7. Fresh spinach is the suspected cause of the outbreak and consumers nationwide were advised not to eat bagged spinach.  Eventually more than 200 people were sickened in 22 states and several deaths were reported.

2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.

2006 New York Times journalist and food writer R.W. Apple died at the age of 71.

2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.

2006 "Fill it up with Cabernet Sauvignon." Due to overproduction and lowering demand for some French wines (especially in Bordeaux), many wine producers had to resort to converting their wines into ethanol fuel for automobiles.

2006 The Four Seasons restaurant in New York raised the price of its Baked Potato with White Truffles to $200, up from last years price of $150.

2006 The Laundry restaurant in East Hampton, New York added a $25 hot dog to its menu. It is made from Wagyu beef.

2006 Wal-Mart is the largest seller of organic milk in the U.S.

2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.

2006 A bar owner in Bethalto, Illinois was charged with violating the liquor code and obscenity laws. The bar filled a children's inflatable pool with mashed potatoes and staged wrestling matches. The violations came about when several of the female 'wrestlers' were rumored to have lost some of their garments to the surrounding carbohydrates.

2006 In the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, thieves stole a semi tractor trailer filled with broccoli. It was valued at $50,000.

2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the "original home of the hamburger.  Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected. (See Louis Lunch)

2006 Comedian Neil Hamburger, performing to hostile crowds on Tenacious D's world tour, would not leave the stage of large venues such as Madison Square Garden until he had gotten the entire audience to chant the phrase “cranberry sauce” several times.

 

 

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