Today in Food History
• National Coffee Ice Cream Day
• St. Magnus of Fussen's Day, patron of crops.
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 6-12, 2020)
(Biscuit History -- Biscuits & Gravy Article & Recipe)
• National Waffle Week (Sept 6-12, 2020)
• UK: [Cake Week] (Aug 31-Sept 6, 2020)
• [Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight] (Sept 5-20, 2020) A nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it.
On this day in:
1620 The Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth, England aboard the Mayflower; 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew members.
1800 Catherine Esther Beecher was born (died May 12, 1878). American educator and author of 'Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book' (1841). This was the first cookbook written by and for an American audience.
(Catherine Beecher Biography)
1847 Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts, ending his 2 years of simple living at Walden Pond. (see also Aug 9, 1854).
1876 John James Rickard Macleod was born (died March 16, 1935). He shared the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frederick Banting for the discovery of insulin and its role in the metabolism of sugar.
1888 Brahma beer was introduced in Brazil. Companhia Cervejaria Brahma was the 5th largest brewery in the world in 2013.
1892 John Froelich made the first gasoline powered tractor.
1899 Carnation began producing evaporated milk (called Carnation Sterilized Cream).
(Carnation Evaporated Milk Facts & Uses)
1916 Clarence Saunders founded Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis, Tennessee. The first true self service grocery store. (see also Oct 9, 1917)
1963 Skye Gyngell was born in Australia. Chef at Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Britian, food editor for Vogue magazine.
2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew merged with Brazilian brewer Ambev to form InBev, the world's largest brewer by volume. (See also July 13, 2008)
2020 A record setting heat wave in Southern California; Woodland Hills in L.A. County hit 121 degrees, Escondido 115 degrees. Wildfires have burned over 2,094,000 acres, the worst year on record.