Today in Food History
• National Date-Nut Bread Day (also Dec 22)
• Feast of St. Adrian of Nicomedia, patron of butchers.
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 8-14, 2019)
(Biscuit History -- Biscuits & Gravy Article & Recipe)
• International Housekeepers Week (Sept 8-14, 2019 - 2nd full week) [Int’l Executive Housekeepers Assoc]
• [Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight] (Aug 31-Sept 15, 2019) 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:
1565 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the shore of what is now called Matanzas Bay and began the founding of the settlement that would be called St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continually occupied city in the United States. (Florida Food Trivia)
1621 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, was born. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.
1636 The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established Harvard College (New College), the first college in the Americas.
1795 Some Harvard students met to form the secret social club the 'Hasty Pudding Club' to cultivate 'friendship and patriotism. They agreed to take turns providing a pot of Hasty Pudding for the meetings. (Hasty Pudding Recipe)
1830 Frédéric Mistral was born (died March 25, 1914). French Nobel-prize winning writer. In 1891 he founded the journal 'L'Aioli' (aioli is a traditional Provençal garlic sauce). "Aioli epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue — it drives away flies." (Aioli Recipe)
1930 The 3M Company began marketing 'Scotch' brand masking tape developed by Richard Drew. (see also May 27, 1930).
1959 Charles 'Charlie' Trotter was born (died Nov 5, 2013). Famed American chef and restaurateur. His eponymous Chicago restaurant (opened in 1987) was recognized as one of the finest in the world. He was also host of the PBS cooking show 'Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter' and the author of 14 cookbooks.
1966 The first episode of the TV show 'Star Trek' airs. Chemically synthesized food on the Enterprise - we seem to be getting close to that now.
1970 Percy Le Baron Spencer died (born July 19, 1894). Spencer developed the microwave oven in 1945, after he noticed that some chocolate in his pocket had melted after being accidentally exposed to radiation from a magnetron tube he was working on at the time.
1978 'Grease' by Frankie Valli is #1 on the charts.
2007 Harry G. Day died (born Oct 8, 1906). He helped develop the fluoride additive used in toothpaste to fight tooth decay. Proctor and Gamble funded his research at Indiana University. The FDA approved stannous fluoride in 1955 for use in toothpaste. In 1956 P&G introduced Crest toothpaste with this ingredient, which they called fluoristan.