National Buffet Day

Traditionally, the “Day to Feast” before the great diet begins

Five Food Finds about Buffets

  • There are many variations of buffet, including a “cold buffet” and a “finger buffet”.
  • The buffet table originates from the 16th century Brännvinsbord—Swedish schnapps table.
  • The actual word “buffet” originally referred to the French sideboard where the food was served.
  • The “all-you-can-eat” buffet has been ascribed to Herb Macdonald, a hotel manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota who introduced the idea in 1946.
  • In Japan, a buffet is known as a viking (バイキング – baikingu).

On This Day in Food History…

1923 Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Interior, Albert Fall, resigns due to public outrage over the Teapot Dome scandal.

1975 Working with Canadian zoologist Freud Urquhart, amateur naturalist Kenneth C. Brugger discovered the winter home of the Monarch butterfly in the mountains of central Mexico. The refuge he found was only about 200 square meters and contained about 20 million butterflies.

1983 ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates is #1 on the charts.

1990 Campbell’s Soup introduces Cream of Broccoli soup. It becomes their most successful new soup in 55 years.

2005 H. David Dalquist, the creator of the aluminum Bundt Pan in 1950, died in Minnesota at the age of 86.

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