Today in Food History


“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” — Epicurus

Today is National Cherry Pie Day. Today is a day for all cherry pie lovers to eat their favorite pie for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know that there is a story of President George Washington and the cherry tree. It is also written that cherry pie was not only the favorite pie of George Washington but it was also the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I.

According to the American Pie Council, pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffins” like the crust in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn”. Also, on this day:

In 1872 Silas Noble and James Cooley of Granville, Massachusetts were issued a patent (No. 123,790) for a toothpick manufacturing machine.

In 1890 Michael Romanoff was born in Lithuania (died Sept 1, 1971). Born Hershel Geguzin, he was an actor, conman, professional imposter and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff from about 1919. He opened Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the late 1930s, which became popular with Hollywood movie stars. The restaurant closed in 1962.

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