MAY 14 - Today in Food History
• Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (May 14, 2016) Since 1993, on the 2nd Saturday in May letter carriers across the nation collect nonperishable food items left by mailboxes.
• World Fair Trade Day 2016 World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO): a day to promote Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
• National Buttermilk Biscuit Day (Biscuit Recipes)
• National Dance Like a Chicken Day
• Netherlands: National Mill Day (May 14-15, 2016) On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors.
• Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 8-14, 2016)
• National Emu Week (May 7-15, 2016) [American Emu Association] (Emu Recipes -- Emu Trivia)
• National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14, 2016) begins on Mother’s Day
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 8-15, 2016) The British Sandwich Association (Sandwich Recipes)
• UK: National Doughnut Week (May 7-14, 2016) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
• UK: Real Bread Week (May 14-22, 2016)
(Bread Recipes -- Bread Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1804 The Lewis and Clark Expedition departed Camp Dubois (Camp Wood) Illinois, beginning their voyage to the Pacific Coast.
1850 Joel Houghton of Ogden, New York was issued the first U.S. patent (No. 7,365) for a dishwashing machine. The hand-operated machine splashed water on a rotating cylinder of dishes using a water-wheel mechanism.
1853 Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk. (Gail Borden Short Biography)
1878 Vaseline petroleum jelly was trademarked by Robert August Chesebrough.
1896 The coldest May temperature ever recorded in the U.S. lower 48 states: Minus 10° F at Climax, Colorado.
1907 American Fork & Hoe Company registered 'True Temper' trademark for farm and garden hand tools.
1908 Nicholas Kurti was born (died Nov 24, 1998). Hungarian born British physicist whose hobby was cooking. He advocated applying scientific knowledge to the kitchen and coined the term 'molecular gastronomy'
1919 Henry John Heinz died. Founder of the H.J. Heinz company and creator of its slogan '57 varieties.'
(Heinz Trivia and Facts)
1943 Jack Bruce of the music group 'Cream' was born.
1962 Ferran Adria was born. Head Chef at El Bulli restaurant in Roses, Spain from 1987 until the restaurant closed July 30, 2011. Considered one of the world's greatest Chefs, he has been called 'the Salvador Dali of the kitchen.'
1968 John Besh was born. Award-winning chef and restaurateur (9 restaurants). Host of PBS TV shows, 'Chef John Besh’s New Orleans' and 'Chef John Besh’s Family Table.' The John Besh Foundation, founded in 2011, works to protect and preserve the culinary heritage and foodways of New Orleans.
1985 The first McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plains, Illinois, became the first fast food museum.
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
1991 A new record was set for the world’s largest burrito, 1,126 pounds. (Burrito Recipe Videos)
2007 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 41 cents and post cards to 26 cents.
2008 The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras. (Foie Gras Trivia and Articles)
2008 The U.S. Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species due to the loss of Arctic sea ice.