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MAY 5 - Today in Food History

• Cinco de Mayo (Menu for Cinco de Mayo & Recipes)
• National Hoagie Day
Totally Chipotle Day
• School Lunch Hero Day (May 5, 2017)
  [School Nutrition Association] The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria.

Stewardship & Education Week - April 30-May 7, 2017 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [National Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future.
School Nutrition Employee Week (May 1-5, 2017)
• National Raisin Week (May 1-7, 2017) origin uncertain (Raisin Trivia & History)

On this day in:

1865 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) was born.  In 1889 Bly successfully completed an attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg to go 'Around the World in Eighty Days'.  Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

1903 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author was born (died Jan 21, 1985).  Quote: “The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours.  I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all.  It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions”.   (James Beard Foundation)

1925 John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.

1926 Ann B. Davis was born.  She played the role of Alice the housekeeper and cook on the TV show 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-1974).

1936 A patent was granted for the first bottle with a screw cap to Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, Illinois.

1961 The first franchised Hardee's fast food restaurant opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
(see also Sept 3, 1960)

2008 Irv Robbins died (born Dec 6, 1917).  Co-founder, with Burt Baskin, of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 in Glendale, California.


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