MARCH 25 - Today in Food History
• Whole Grain Sampling Day (March 25, 2020 last Wed in March) [Whole Grains Council]
• Lobster Newburg Day
(Lobster Newburg Recipe -- Lobster Trivia & Facts)
• Pecan Day: see 1775 below (not to be confused with National Pecan Day which is April 14) (Pecan Trivia)
• Sweden: Våffeldagen (Waffle Day)
• England: Tichborne Dole Day. A gallon of flour is given to residents of Alresford, Hampshire, England. The tradition dates to 1150. Lady Mabella Tichborne put a curse on any ancestors who failed to distribute her charitable dole. [History of Tichborne Dole]
• Ag Appreciation Week: March 21-28, 2020 [Community Agriculture Alliance] A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.
• National Ag Week: March 22-28, 2020
[Agriculture Council of America]
On this day in:
1775 Pecan Day. George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson. (Some sources date this planting at 1799). (Pecan Trivia and Facts)
1848 William Keith Brooks was born. An American zoologist, he was a champion for the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay oyster. Author of 'The Oyster' (1891). (Oyster Trivia and Facts)
1867 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge died. A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice. (Beet Trivia and Facts)
1867 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was activated. It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city. (Chicago Food Trivia)
1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug was born (died Sept 12, 2009). American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger. Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called 'triticale' with higher yield and protein content. (Triticale Trivia & Facts)
1914 Frédéric Mistral died (born Sept 8, 1830). French Nobel-prize winning writer. In 1891 he founded the journal 'L'Aioli' (aioli is a traditional Provençal garlic sauce). "Aioli epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue — it drives away flies." (Aioli Recipe)
1925 Elmer 'Len' Dresslar Jr. was born (died Oct 16, 2005). Voice actor, best known as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant in commercials.
1950 'If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked a Cake)' by Eileen Barton was No. 1 on the music charts.
1955 Daniel Boulud was born. Award winning French chef and restaurateur. His best known restaurant is the Michelin three star 'Daniel' in New York City, named one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. Best Chef in NY City, Outstanding Chef of the Year, Outstanding Restaurateur, Culinary Humanitarian Award, Culinary Hall of Fame. [Website: www.danielboulud.com/]
1957 The Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), was signed by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. The Treaty becomes effective on January 1, 1958.
1990 The comedy, 'Lettice and Lovage' opened on Broadway.
1995 Pizza Hut introduced its Stuffed Crust Pizza.
(Pizza Hut Trivia)
2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died.
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
2020 Floyd Cardoz died (born Oct 2, 1960). World-renowned chef and TV star, Cardoz, married regional Indian cuisine with French and new American flavors, with several restaurants in his native Mumbai (Bombay) India and New York. He died from complications from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
2020 Coronavirus: Global cases total 415,000 with 18,000 deaths; U.S. 53,000 cases with 690 deaths, New York accounts for almost 1/2 of all cases in the U.S.