Today in Food History
• World Egg Day (2016) [International Egg Commission]
• National Dessert Day
• Chocolate Covered Insect Day (Oct 14, 2016)
[Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium]
• National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14, 2016)
[School Nutrition Association]
• National Chestnut Week (Oct 9-15, 2016) ?
• UK: National Seafood Week (Oct 7-14, 2016)
• UK: British Egg Week (Oct 10-17, 2016)
[British Egg Information Service] The 2016 theme is ‘Put an Egg On It’ set to encourage consumers to experiment with eating eggs in more unusual ways.
• UK: National Curry Week (Oct 10-16, 2016) Celebrate over 200 years of Indian restaurants in the UK.
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)
On this day in:
1721 The Govenour of the Colony of Connecticut, Gurdon Saltonstall, proclaimed November 8, 1721 as a day of "Publick Thanksgiving"
1834 Henry Blair of Glenross, Maryland received a patent for a corn planter. He is thought to be the first African American to be granted a patent.
1926 'Winnie-the-Pooh' (the honey loving bear) by A. A. Milne is published.
1953 Clarence Saunders died (born Aug 9, 1881). Founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis, Tennessee, the first true self-service grocery store (see also Sept 6, 1916).
1955 Thomas Keller was born. Award winning American chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. His 'French Laundry' restaurant in California has been awarded 3 Michelin stars since 2006. He has been awarded several Best Chef awards from the James Beard Foundation, and a long list of accolades and awards as a Chef and for his several restaurants. Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
1962 Irma S. Rombauer died (born Oct 30, 1877). Author of 'The Joy of Cooking' - one of the most published cookbooks, she originally had to pay to have the book privately published in 1931. Finally in 1936, publisher Bobbs-Merril Co. published the cookbook and it has been in print ever since.
1966 A hailstone 16 inches in diameter crashed through a truck windshield in Dodge County, Minnesota.
1972 'Everybody Plays The Fool' by Main Ingredient is #1 on the charts.
1978 President Jimmy Carter signed a bill legalizing home brewing. The bill allowed brewing 1oo gallons per adult, up to 200 gallons per household. However states could still set there own limits.
2013 Gary Miller won the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a pumpkin that weighed 1,985 pounds. Miller of Napa, California took home a cash prize of $11,910, or $6 a pound.