Thursday, April 01, 2010

Old School Thursday: Brillat-Savarin Cheese-burger in Paradise Edition

Today, in addition to being April Fool’s Day and April Food Day, is National Sourdough Bread Day. I like sourdough and it is an American classic, so I’m going to give it a pass on having a day of its own.

Especially since there’s so much other good stuff going on today. For instance, today in 1755, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was born. Yes, that Brillat-Savarin. Mr. “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

Fast forward over 100 years and in 1893, we have the introduction of the first dishwashing machine at the Columbian Exposition. Unsurprisingly, the machine, created by Josephine Garis Cochran, was an exciting success – her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

Nearly another 100 years later, in 1976, Jimmy Buffet celebrated Brillat-Savarin’s birthday by releasing Margaritaville, a song that, if you think about it, epitomizes the whole “you are what you eat” philosophy. That Jimmy Buffet…he is one amazing marketing/branding mind.

And that’s about it, though when you think about it, that’s really a lot. Brillat-Savarin, KitchenAid, and Margaritaville? I think you know how to celebrate: French food and margaritas made in a KitchenAid blender.

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