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A History of Chef Boyardee

Posted on March 20, 2012

Chef Boyardee was, in fact, a real person.  Born Ettore (Hector) Boiardi, Chef Boyardee was a real man and a real chef (unlike Mrs. Butterworth or Betty Crocker). There has even been an internet rumor denying his existence, claiming that “Boyardee” was combination of the names of three food company executives; Boyd, Art and Dennis. Hector Boiardi was born in Piacenza, in northern Italy. When he was sixteen, he immigrated to the United States (through Ellis Island) to join his brother who was working as a waiter in New York’s Plaza Hotel restaurant. While working in West Virginia’s prestigious Greenbrier Resort, Chef Boiardi supervised the catering for president Woodrow Wilson’s wedding. On December 18, 1915, Chef Boiardi supervised the catering for President Wilson’s second…

March 20 – National Ravioli Day

Posted on March 20, 2012

National Ravioli Day

Five Food Finds about Ravioli

  • The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century Venus.
  • The word ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere (“to wrap”)
  • Canned ravioli was pioneered by Chef Boyardee in the 1930’s
  • “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up for several week while fresh made lasts for just a few days.
  •  Italian tradition  is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meats is served as a side or later in the meal.

Daily Quote

“No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”

Christopher Morley

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1602 The Dutch East India Company was established and the Netherlands granted it a monopoly on trade with Asia.

1727  RIP Sir Isaac Newton It is said that an apple fell on his head inspired his theory of universal gravitation.  The apple is thought to have been the green skinned ‘Flower of Kent’ variety.

1932 RIP Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov,a Soviet biologist.  Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901.

1941 ‘All That Meat And No Potatoes’ was recorded by jazz musician Fats Waller.

  

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