Thursday, September 04, 2008

Old School Thursday: Birthday Cakes All Around

Today’s pretty important. For starters, it’s National Macadamia Nut Day, and what can be more important than that, unless it’s St. Ida of Herzfeld Day (she’s the patron saint of brides)?

Side note: After 9 months of writing one of these posts once a week, I can’t believe there are still random foods and minor saints left to celebrate. PR firms, lobbyists and the Church certainly do seem to keep themselves busy. /side note

Here’s why today is really important: it’s all about the birthdays. Today’s first birth in 1768, was August Rene Vicomte de Chateaubriand, the Frenchman best known for his eponymous beef dish. About 150 years later, in 1920, food writer, social butterfly and epicure extraordinaire Craig Claiborne was born.

And in between there, in 1885, the first self service restaurant, The Exchange Buffet, opened. While I don’t think that added quite as much glamour or quality to the food world as Monsieurs Chateaubriand and Claiborne did, it’s an important day of note in its own right.So happy birthday to all. Maybe celebrate with a wedding cake dressed in macadamias?

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