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National Liqueur Day

Posted on October 16, 2013

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National Liqueur Day

World Food Day


Today’s Food History

1829 The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in the U.S. Rooms were $2 per day with meals included.

1939 ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ opened on Broadway.

1945 World Food Day. The founding day of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

1962 ‘Flea’ (Michael Peter Balzary) was born.  Bass player for the music group ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers.’

1986 The largest northern pike weighed over 55 pounds and was caught in Germany.

Origins of the Pretzel

Posted on April 26, 2012

Did you know that pretzels got their start in the early church?  As early as 610AD at a monastery somewhere in Southern France or Northern Italy, where monks used scraps of dough and formed them into strips to represent a child’s arms folded in prayer. The three empty holes represented the Christian Trinity. As with a lot of foods, the exact origin of the pretzel is unknown. The monks offered the warm, doughy bribe to children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers. The monks called it a Pretiola, Latin for little reward. From there, the pretzel transformed into the Italian word, Brachiola, which means little arms. The Pretiola journeyed beyond the French and Italian wine regions, hiked the Alps, wandered through Austria,…

Origins of the Picnic

Posted on April 23, 2012

Did you know that the first picnic may have been put on by crusaders?  The origin of picnics is not known. We do know that picnics were around for the time of the Crusades because the Knights Templar arranged a grand picnic to celebrate their first non-European member. While some used to believe that the word referred to the act of lynching African Americans while onlookers watched and ate packed lunches, this is not the true origin of the word.  The story began as a political parody that got out of hand.  The word originally meant an “outing with food” that was held indoors, sort of like a modern-day potluck. However in the 19th century that picnics moved outside. The word’s roots were borrowed from French…


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