JULY 4 - Today in Food History
• The Fourth of July. U.S. Independence Day
• National Barbecue Day (by tradition)
• National Barbecued Spareribs Day
• National Baked Beans Day (US Dry Bean Council)
• National Caesar Salad Day
(Caesar Salad Origin and Recipes)
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 2-10, 2016)
[Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]
On this day in:
1810 'The Agricultural Museum' magazine began publication.
1817 Construction began on the Erie Canal which would connect the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, providing a water route to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean. (Officially opened Oct 26, 1825).
1828 The cornerstone was laid for the Tremont House in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be the first U.S. hotel to install bathrooms. It opened on October 16, 1829.
1845 Henry David Thoreau begins his 2 year experiment with simple living at Waldon Pond. (see also Sept 6, 1847).
1848 Francois Auguste René Vicomte de Chateaubriand died. Chateaubriand was a French writer and politician. His chef, Montmireil, created a famous recipe consisting of a center cut from the beef tenderloin, grilled and served with béarnaise sauce and chateau potatoes. Montmireil named the dish Chateaubriand.
1906 Vincent Schaefer was born. A U.S. research chemist, he invented 'cloud seeding' with dry ice to cause rain or snow.
1918 Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline were born. Pauline Esther’s pen name was Abigal Van Buren and she wrote the "Dear Abby" newspaper advice column. Her twin sister Esther Pauline wrote the "Ann Landers" column advice column.
1920 Leona Helmsley was born (died Aug 20, 2007). American hotelier famous for her tyrannical behavior, and known as The Queen of Mean. (See also Dec 12 1989)
1943 Alan Wilson of the music group 'Canned Heat' was born.
1947 Margaret Rudkin opened a Pepperidge Farm bakery in Norwalk, Connecticut.
1956 At a Fourth of July family picnic, Milton Levine came up with the idea for the Ant Farm. (Ant Trivia)
1969 Elena Arzak was born. Joint head chef with her father, Juan Mari Arzak, at the family's 3 Michelin star restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain. Named World's Best Female Chef in 2012.
(Arzak restaurant website: www.arzak.info)
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.
2014 Joey Chestnut won his 8th straight Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. He consumed 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, though short of his record 69 hot dogs in 2013.