Escargot is a traditional French appetizer, a dish of cooked land snail with sauce made of melted butter and garlic, and we celebrate national escargot day on May the 24th.
Did you know…
– Escargot – French – An edible snail, particularly one prepared as an appetizer or meal.
– The French eat 40,000 metric lots of snails each year.
– Heliculture is the science of growing snails for food.
– Snails have been consumed as food because a minimum of old Roman times. Apicius, the author of the oldest surviving cookbook (1st century B.C – 2 century A.D.) has a dish for snails in his cookbook.
– Restaurants serve about 1 billion snails yearly.
Today’s Food History…
1686 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born. He established the Fahrenheit temperature level scale, and invented the mercury thermometer.
1883 R.I.P. Gabriel Gustav Valentin. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestion activity of pancreatic juice. (Oh Boy!).
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge opened. It took 14 years to develop at a cost of $18 million, and was the lengthiest suspension bridge worldwide at the time.
1893 The Anti-Saloon League was established by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio.
1929 The first Marx Brothers movie, ‘Cocoanuts’ premiered.
1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born.
1945 The very first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company establishment in New Jersey.
1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France’s wine specialists. The French were stunned, and the wine world was changed forever.
2007 R.I.P. Kelly Jo Dowd. She was one of the initial ‘Hooters’ Girls’ at the first Hooters’ dining establishment which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.