FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE
2015 to 2019
2015 The United Nations has declared 2015 as the ‘International Year of the Soil’
2015 The movie 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' debuted in U.S. theatres. About the kidnapping of beer tycoon Alfred 'Freddy' Heineken on November 9, 1983.
2015 Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that California’s ban on the sale of foie gras was illegal because it encroaches on the regulatory domain of the federal government.
2015 Donald Featherstone died. An American artist, at age 21 he designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.
2015 Stewart Parnell, owner and CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was convicted of 72 counts of fraud and conspiracy for knowingly shipping peanut butter paste contaminated with salmonella bacteria. In 2008 peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA killed 9 people and sickened 714 others in 46 states. It resulted in one of the largest food recalls in American history. Parnell was the first corporate executive convicted of federal felony charges related to food poisoning.
2015 Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro died. An American actor who played Al Delvecchio, Drive-In owner and cook on the TV sitcom 'Happy Days' and Murray Greshler on 'The Odd Couple'. He also appeared in many television commercials.
2015 The SpaceX supply ship brought groceries, supplies and an ISSpresso espresso machine to the International Space Station.
2015 Burger King opened its first restaurant in Mongolia, in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China. Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer.
2016 The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The "Leave" side received 51.9% of the vote, while the "Remain" side received 48.1%.
2016 After 57 years, New York City landmark restaurant The Four Seasons, closed at its Seagram Building location at 375 Park Avenue. It will relocate 3 blocks south, hoping for a late 2017 opening.
2016 A record temperature of 54°C (129.3° F) was recorded in Kuwait. It is the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere.
2016 The animated comedy film 'Sausage Party' opened in U.S. theaters. A sausage tries to discover the truth about his existence.
2017 The United Nations General Assembly, in its 72nd Session, has officially adopted the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028. This Decade aims to serve as a framework to promote better public policies on Family Farming, and offers a unique opportunity to contribute end hunger and poverty as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2018 Paul Bocuse died in his sleep in the same room in which he was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or in France (born on Feb 11, 1926). Legendary French Chef, known as one of the founders of 'nouvelle cuisine'. Named Chef of the Century by the Culinary Institute of America. His restaurant has maintained 3 Michelin stars for more than 50 years.
2018 Anthony Bourdain died. He died of an apparant suicide. Influential American celebrity chef, author ('Kitchen Confidential') and culinary traveler. Host of 'A Cook's Tour', 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' and 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown'.
2018 French fishermen blockaded the port city of Calais to protest the practice of electric pulse fishing, which uses electrodes to emit electric waves, stunning fish which then float upwards and are scooped up by giant nets.
2018 According to a study published in 'Nature' journal, all Citrus Fruits can trace their origin to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas about eight million years ago.
2018 A spill from a chocolate storage tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westönnen, Germany closed a local street. Firefighters using shovels, hot water and blowtorches cleared the street of the estimated one ton of chocolate.
2019 Gary Rhodes died (born April 22, 1960). British restaurateur and celebrity chef, known as an ambassador for British cuisine . He presented TV shows 'MasterChef', 'MasterChef USA', 'Hell's Kitchen' and his own series, 'Rhodes Around Britain'. He also owned four restaurants and had his own line of cookware and bread mixes.