Today in Food History
• National Cheese Pizza Day
(Pizza Trivia & History -- Pizza Recipes)
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 3-9, 2017)
[Biscuit History -- Biscuits & Gravy Article & Recipe]
• National Waffle Week (Sept 3-9, 2017)
• UK: Zero Waste Week (Sept 4-8, 2017)
• Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 2-17, 2017) A nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. (Food Festivals in Scotland)
On this day in:
1643 Louis XIV, King of France (the 'Sun King') was born. A gourmet, gourmand and many say a glutton. During his reign food began to be served in courses, rather than placed on the table all at once, and forks came into widespread use. (Fork Trivia & Facts)
1698 Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards.
(Beards & Beer Trivia))
1850 Jasper Newton 'Jack' Daniel was born (died Oct 10, 1911). Founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery.)
1882 The first Labor Day holiday was organized in New York City by the Central Labor Union with a parade followed by a massive picnic at Wendel's Elm Park at 92nd St and 9th Ave (the largest park in the city at the time) with numerous speakers. More then 10,000 workers marched in the parade.
1933 'Cutty Sark' trademark was registered (for whiskey and other distilled liquors).
1938 Achille Gaggia applied for a patent on the first modern espresso maker. The machine forced boiling water through the coffee grounds at high pressure.
(History of Coffee)
1946 Dean Ford of the music group 'Marmalade' was born.
1949 Clem Clempson of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.
2001 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist died. He wrote five cookbooks, hosted several cooking shows on TV, including 'Louisiana Cookin' and 'Cookin' Cajun.'
2007 The film 'I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With' opened in U.S. theatres.