June 18th is International Picnic Day
Five Food Finds about Picnics:
- Ole Evinrude had the idea for the outboard motor while rowing a boat to a picnic.
- Italy’s favourite picnic day is Easter Monday. It is called “Angel’s Monday” or Pasquetta (“Little Easter”).
- After an ant has visited your picinc, it lays down a scent as it returns to the nest for the other ants to follow!
- In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic took place in France to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new millennium.
- The first table designed specifically for picnics (in a style similar to what we know today) appeared in the late 1800s.
Today’s Food History
- 1865 R.I.P. Edmund Ruffin. He was a pioneer in the study of soil chemistry in the U.S.
- 1892 Macadamia nuts were first planted in Hawaii.
- 1897 R.I.P. Juliet Corson. Librarian, cookery teacher and writer, founder of the New York Cooking School in 1876. Her books include ‘Cooking Manual’ (1877), ‘Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six’ (1878), and ‘Miss Corson’s Practical American Cookery’ (1886).
- 1898 Atlantic City, NJ opened its Steel Pier (boardwalk). The world-famous Steel Pier had 9 miles of food, beverages, concessions, amusements, concerts, etc. Ed McMahon, of the Johnny Carson Show and Publisher’s Clearing House fame, was a barker on the pier in his youth.
- 1913 Robert Mondavi was born. A leading Napa Valley vintner.
- 1964 The African Groundnut Council was founded in Dakar.
- 1993 So-called ‘killer bees,’ Africanized honey bees, have reached Tucson, Arizona; a small dog was killed from a bee attack. Their original source was Brazil, where African bees were imported for experimental cross breeding.