JULY 29 - Today in Food History
• National Lasagna Day
(Lasagna Trivia -- Lasagna Recipes)
• Chicken Wing Day [see 1977 below]
(Chicken Wing Recipes)
• St. Martha's Day, patron saint of butlers, dietitians, cooks, innkeepers, waitresses.
On this day in:
1796 Walter Hunt was born. He invented the first safety pin in 1849, which he called a 'dress pin.'
1835 The first successful sugar plantation in the Hawaiian islands was established by Ladd & Co. of Hololulu when the company leased the land from King Kamehameha III for for 50 years at an annual rent of $300. (Hawaii Food Trivia -- Hawaii Food Festivals)
1866 Barbe-Nicole Clicquot died (born Dec 16, 1777). The Grand Dame of Champagne. At age 27 she took over her husband Francois Clicquot's champagne house on his death. Today Veuve Clicquo is one of the great premium champagne houses in France.
(Champagne Trivia and Facts -- Champagne Articles)
1878 Don Marquis, American journalist and poet was born. He wrote 'archy and mehitabel,' a book of poems written by a cockroach who couldn't use the shift key.
1914 Baron Marcel Bich was born. French inventor of the Bic Pen in 1949.
1974 Mama Cass Elliot (The Mamas and the Papas) died today in London. The rumor that she choked to death on a ham sandwich is not true. She actually died of a heart attack.
1977 Buffalo, New York declared this day 'Chicken Wing Day' in honor of the famous Buffalo Chicken Wings, created by Teressa Bellissimo in October, 1964. Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends for a midnight snack.
(New York Food Trivia -- New York Food Festivals)
1984 Fred Waring, musician, died. Frederick Osius worked on improving the electric blender, and went to Waring for financial backing. Waring backed its development, in part, so he could puree raw vegetables for the ulcer diet his doctors prescribed. The Waring Blender (originally called the Miracle Mixer) debuted in 1937 and sold for $29.75. By 1954 one million Waring Blendors had been sold. (Waring Blender History)