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Top Chef, Restaurateur David Burke Faces Discrimination Suit

Top Chef, Restaurateur David Burke Faces Discrimination Suit

Top Chef, Restaurateur David Burke Faces Discrimination Suit

Ibrahima Kaba, a former employee of New York City restaurateur David Burke, has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the David Burke Group, reports The New York Daily News.

In the lawsuit, Kaba alleges that “All Muslim employees employed at David Burke Restaurants were subject to discrimination on the basis of their religion,” and that Muslim employees “are systematically denied the rights to exercise their religion without facing retaliation, and are retaliated against if they seek the right to exercise their religion."

Kaba, who began working in one of Burke’s restaurants in June 2012, claims that when hired, his employers told him that he would not be asked to work on Fridays in order to fulfill religious obligations. After two weeks, Kaba's managers began ordering him to work on Fridays.

Later, when Kaba tried to leave for prayer for a few hours each Friday, he was told that he “was not allowed to leave for prayer.”

A lawyer for the David Burke Group told The Daily News that it abides by all its “obligations under the labor law.”

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.


Serendipity Whipped Dressing & Dip: We're Not Sure We're Ready (VIDEO)

Occasionally we see stuff around here, and we just don't know how to feel. That's the case today, as we consider Serendipity Whipped Dressing & Dip. There's no possible way to sugarcoat this -- we're talking about diet salad dressing from a whipped cream can.

Initially, it made us shudder. Diet salad dressing will do that. Thinking of this as a whipped cream/Easy Cheeze hybrid will do that too. But then we started to think about texture, about whipped, emulsified dressings we've tasted in great restaurants, about our dear friend Richard Blais and his beloved Isi chargers. And then we started to get curious.

We have to chuckle at the rationale for this, just a little. Firstly, we're really looking forward to taking a look at the list of ingredients, and keeping our fingers crossed that these are not as filled with chemicals as we're afraid they are. Secondly, the idea that traditional salad dressing is a menace because it doesn't sit up on top of your salad, but rather drips down to the bottom of the bowl will never stop making us laugh.

And speaking of us laughing, we can't help but notice that the branding campaign for Serendipity is evoking one of our favorite internet memes of all time: Women Laughing Alone With Salad.

Except this time, it's Women Laughing So Hard Alone With Salad That They Dip Their Faces In It. Or something.

We're going to be brave. We're going to try this. And we'll tell you what we think. In the meantime, if you love this idea, there is a Serendipity IndieGoGo campaign to get this product up and running. Even chef and restaurateur David Burke is getting excited. For some reason.

What do you guys think? Amazing or terrifying? Let us know in the comments!

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Spain's Princess Maria Teresa

Spain's Princess Maria Teresa becomes the first royal to pass away from the novel coronavirus. She was 86. Her death was announced on Facebook by her brother, Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez.

"SAR Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón communicates that this Thursday, March 26, 2020, has passed away in Paris, at eighty-six years old, his sister Maria Teresa de Bourbon-Parma and Bourbon Busset, victim of coronavirus COVID-19," the statement read. "Don Sixto Enrique is very sorry and begs for prayers for his sister's eternal rest."

Known as the "Red Princess" for her lifelong socialist activism and advocacy for women's rights, Maria Teresa was the cousin of Spain's King Felipe IV (via People). According to the publication, the outspoken royal was a "distinguished professor at Paris' Sorbonne and an outspoken professor of Sociology at Madrid's Complutense University." Two other royals, U.K.'s Prince Charles and Monaco's Prince Albert, are among the many other celebs who have also tested positive for COVID-19.


Grilled tequila lime fish tacos

Serves four

“These tacos are light, bright and packed full of flavor, which makes them perfect for a party — especially a Super Bowl party,” chef Guy Fieri, a restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning TV host, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Fieri, an Oakland Raiders fan, recommends setting out the components, piled high on plates, as a taco bar and letting your guests mix, match and make them as they please during the game. “The crunchy coleslaw with the grilled flaky fish all wrapped up in a warm tortilla are the perfect, handheld game-day bite,” he says.

Ingredients:

2 cups finely shredded red cabbage

1 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves

For the fish marinade:

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Freshly ground black pepper

Four 6- to 8-ounce boneless, skinless mahi-mahi fillets (or other firm white fish)

1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil

16 6- to 7-inch soft flour tortillas

1 cup cilantro-lime crema, for garnish (recipe follows)

2 cups crumbled cotija cheese, for garnish

Hot sauce, for garnish, if desired

For the cilantro-lime crema:

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, milk, cilantro, garlic, cumin and lime juice, and chill it for 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the cabbage. In a large mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt, and mix together well. Add the cabbage and stir to coat everything evenly. Allow it to marinate for 15 minutes, then fold in the cilantro and set aside until ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the tequila, cumin, garlic, lime juice and some salt and pepper. Portion the fish into one-inch cubes and add to the marinade. Set aside to marinate for 4 to 5 minutes. To cook the fish, heat a grill to high and coat with a little oil. Skewer four to five pieces of fish on each skewer. Place the skewers on the grill and cook until the fish is white and cooked through, about 1 minute on each side and about 4 minutes total. Set aside skewers of fish on a platter.

Warm the tortillas in batches on the grill for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the tortillas and keep warm by wrapping in a kitchen towel.

To build the tacos, double up the tortillas and drizzle a little cilantro-lime crema on top. Top with some strained red cabbage mixture and then place a skewer of fish on top. Slide out the skewer so the fish stays on the taco in a line. Finish with more lime crema. Garnish with some crumbled cotija and hot sauce, and serve with a wedge of lime on the side. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.


Holland America’s Culinary Council Dives Into Enhancing Onboard Restaurants

Holland America is utilizing the expertise of the seven members of their Culinary Council by entrusting each chef with a designated onboard dining experience to enhance and improve. The council is comprised of elite international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to every dining venue across the fleet.

Rudi Sodamin, Culinary Council Chairman

Sodamin’s Cedar-Wrapped Salmon

Sodamin oversees all aspects of onboard dining, in addition to bringing his influence and expertise to Rudi’s Sel de Mer. The popular French brasserie is a standalone venue on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and is featured on other ships through special pop-up dinners in the Pinnacle Grill. Born in Austria, Sodamin was trained in France and recently released his latest culinary masterpiece, an art table book called “Food Faces” that feature over 150 images of edible creations that display a whimsical spectrum of human emotion. His innovative approach has made him the most decorated chef on the ocean.

Jonnie Boer

Jonnie Boer will bring the flavors of his internationally acclaimed restaurant, De Librije, onboard select sailings through special Taste of De Librije evenings in the Pinnacle Grill. Dutch-born Boer is the driving force behind De Librije, a regional, fine-dining restaurant in the Netherlands. Recognized as one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, De Librije has earned a 3-star Michelin rating every year since 2004.

David Burke

A leading pioneer in unique, contemporary American cuisine and a master of French culinary technique, Burke will continue to enhance the menu at the Pinnacle Grill. He partnered with Smith & Wollensky CEO Alan Stillman to open the critically acclaimed Park Avenue Café, and then in 1996, he became vice president of culinary development for the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. Burke is a restaurateur, cookbook author, inventor, and consultant at ESquared Hospitality, which owns and operates the BLT restaurant brand. He’s been featured on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef Masters.”

Elizabeth Falkner

At the forefront of the culinary arts and a recurring judge and competitor on the Food Network, Falkner will be introducing a variety of new, lighter fare to venues fleetwide. Frequently speaking about healthy cuisine and eating habits, she is an advocate for people to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook.” She does both savory and sweet, traditional and modern, and has earned accolades for her San Francisco shop, Citizen Cake.

Andy Matsuda

The newest member of the Culinary Council, Matsuda will lead sushi offerings in Lido Market as well as the sushi in Tamarind on select ships. Aboard Nieuw Statendam, Matsuda’s creations will be featured at Nami Sushi, the new sushi bar inside Tamarind. The Japanese-born chef is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques. At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, he teaches aspiring chefs and professionals about sushi and Japanese cuisine.

Ethan Stowell

A recent addition to the council, Stowell will bring the unique flavors of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest onboard ships sailing in the region. Also known for his pasta and Italian dishes, Stowell will introduce several of his recipes at New York Pizza and select Lido Market stations on all ships. With an impressive roster of highly acclaimed restaurants, he’s helped change the face of the Seattle food scene. Stowell was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Fiid & Wine magazine in 2008, and was chosen as one of the Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013.

Jacques Torres

Torres’ Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

The chocolatier known as Mr. Chocolate, Torres will guide masterful chocolate desserts for Holland America’s dining venues, as well as the Chocolate Surprise Dessert Parade featured on the last gala evening of every cruise. A French-trained Master Chef and artisan chocolatier, Torres is a James Beard Award recipient. After rising to executive pastry chef at New York’s legendary Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory and stores throughout New York. Torres is cohosting and head judge on the new Netflix culinary show “Nailed It” with Nicole Byer. Debuting March 9, the reality program pits home bakers against one another attempting to recreate edible masterpieces.


Known for his volatile kitchen demeanour and exceptional British cuisine, Gordon Ramsay is arguably the most famous chef in the world. Although he’s been awarded 16 Michelin stars throughout his career, he currently holds seven. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, has held 3 stars since 2001, making it London’s longest-running three Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Scottish born chef, restaurateur, and television personality is attached to 35 restaurants globally. He’s made his way onto television screens in just about every part of the English-speaking world, creating a highly successful empire. In 2019 Gordon Ramsay was the 35th highest-earning celebrity in the world on Forbes list one up on Rihanna. As of 2020, Gordon Ramsay’s net worth is estimated at $220 million, most of which comes from his popular TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Master Chef.


Top Chef, Restaurateur David Burke Faces Discrimination Suit - Recipes

Holland America Line is cultivating the expertise of the seven members of its award-winning Culinary Council by entrusting each chef with a designated onboard dining experience to enhance and elevate. The Culinary Council comprises a collection of elite international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to every dining venue across the fleet.

The Culinary Council is led by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, who is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Andy Matsuda, Ethan Stowell and Jacques Torres. Holland America Line also just announced a collaboration with wine critic James Suckling to curate its wine lists and works with master mixologist Dale DeGroff on its cocktail program.

“Holland America Line’s Culinary Council is made up of some of the world’s leading food authorities who have a tremendous amount of talent and knowledge, and the most profound way for us to use their expertise is to have them focus on their specialties throughout our different dining experiences,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Culinary partners often only influence one restaurant or one area, but having seven world-class chefs enables us to cover our entire dining program and utilize their collective passion and creativity so all guests can enjoy their cuisine.”

Rudi Sodamin, Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman
Sodamin oversees all aspects of onboard dining, in addition to bringing his influence and expertise to Rudi’s Sel de Mer. The popular French brasserie is a standalone venue on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam and is featured on other ships through special pop-up dinners in the Pinnacle Grill. Sodamin was born in Austria and trained in France. He recently released his latest culinary masterpiece, an art table book called “Food Faces” that features more than 150 vibrant images of edible creations that display a whimsical spectrum of human emotion. His innovative approach has made him the most decorated chef on the world’s oceans.

Jonnie Boer Offers a Taste of De Librije
Jonnie Boer will bring the flavors of his internationally acclaimed restaurant, De Librije, on board select sailings through special Taste of De Librije evenings in the Pinnacle Grill. Dutch-born Jonnie Boer is the driving force behind De Librije, a regional, fine-dining restaurant in the Netherlands. Recognized as one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, De Librije has earned a three-star Michelin rating every year since 2004.

David Burke Influences the Pinnacle Grill Menu
A leading pioneer of unique, contemporary American cuisine and a master of French culinary technique, Burke will continue to enhance the menu at the Pinnacle Grill, adding contemporary flavors and new signature recipes. Burke partnered with Smith & Wollensky CEO Alan Stillman to open the critically acclaimed Park Avenue Café, and then, in 1996, he became vice president of culinary development for the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. Burke is a restaurateur, cookbook author, inventor and consultant at ESquared Hospitality, which owns and operates the BLT restaurant brand. He has been featured on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef Masters.”

Elizabeth Falkner Introduces Lighter Fare
At the forefront of the culinary arts and a recurring judge and competitor on the Food Network, Falkner will be introducing a variety of new, lighter fare to venues across the fleet. Frequently interviewed and quoted on healthy cuisine and eating habits, she is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook.” Falkner does both savory and sweet, traditional and modern and has earned accolades for her ground-breaking San Francisco, California, shop, Citizen Cake.

Andy Matsuda Brings Top Sushi Trends and Techniques
The newest member of the Culinary Council, Matsuda will lead sushi offerings in Lido Market as well as the sushi menu available in Tamarind on select ships. Aboard Nieuw Statendam, Matsuda’s creations will be featured at Nami Sushi, the new sushi bar inside Tamarind. The Japanese-born chef is at the forefront of sushi trends and techniques. At Matsuda’s Sushi Chef Institute in Los Angeles, California, he teaches aspiring chefs and professionals about sushi and Japanese cuisine.

Ethan Stowell Celebrates the Flavors of the Pacific Northwest
A recent addition to the Culinary Council, Stowell will bring the unique flavors of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest on board ships sailing in the region. Also known for his pasta and Italian dishes, Stowell will introduce several of his recipes at New York Pizza and select Lido Market stations on all ships. With an impressive roster of highly acclaimed restaurants, Stowell has helped to change the face of the Seattle food scene. He was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine in 2008 and chosen as one of the Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013.

Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Confections Are a Sweet Indulgence
A world-renowned chocolatier known as Mr. Chocolate, Torres will guide masterful chocolate desserts for Holland America Line’s dining venues, as well as the Chocolate Surprise Dessert Parade featured on the last gala evening of every cruise. A French-trained Master Chef and artisan chocolatier, Torres is a James Beard Award recipient. After rising to executive pastry chef at New York’s legendary Le Cirque, he opened a chocolate factory and stores throughout New York. Torres is co-hosting and head judge on the new Netflix culinary show “Nailed It” with Nicole Byer. Debuting March 9, the reality contest program pits home bakers against one another attempting to recreate edible masterpieces.


Geoffrey Zakarian filed for bankruptcy

Chopped star Geoffrey Zakarian made name for himself as a restaurateur. Not only does he play a role on four Food Network shows, but he has a stake in several restaurants Unfortunately, fame and fortune don't make you immune from financial troubles. The chef filed for personal bankruptcy a just few months before he won Iron Chef: Super Chefs in 2011, after a class action lawsuit was filed against him by his former employees at his now-shuttered restaurant, Country.

According to the lawsuit, Zakarian shorted his staff on overtime pay, falsified pay records, and docked their paychecks for meals they never received. The former employees asked for $1 million in damages and an extra $250,000 in penalties.

Zakarian denied the allegations, but the cost of fighting the lawsuit was too much for his wallet. His publicist, Jaret T. Keller, said the chef "filed for bankruptcy due to the enormous costs of defending a class action lawsuit by former employees of a restaurant in which Mr. Zakarian is no longer involved."


Checking In

In the past year, four restaurants have opened in St. Louis hotels, upping the options for hotel dining.

Grand Tavern by David Burke

Celebrity chef David Burke brings to St. Louis a sampling of his time-tested classics, such as clothesline bacon, lobster steak, and a 34-ounce salt–aged porterhouse (pictured). Guests can choose between a lively bar area and a more formal and sedate dining room. Before or after, check the ART (Angad Rainbow Terrace) for a beverage. Angad Arts Hotel, 634 N. Grand, Grand Center.

On the first floor of the Louis Sullivan–designed Union Trust Building, guests experience hearty and often whimsical takes on comfort food classics, many with local connections (Mayfair Grilled Caesar). Upstairs, a window wall in Form Skybar opens up to a view of Busch Stadium. Hotel Saint Louis, 705 Olive, downtown.

Quattro Trattoria + Pizzeria

With the location in The Westin St. Louis, immediately across the street from Busch Stadium, it’s fitting that Quattro’s logo resembles a baseball diamond. Cardinal fans have a new place to go for a burger, a beer, and, now, a wood-fired pizza paired with a Negroni prepared tableside. 811 Spruce, downtown.

The Last Kitchen

The lobby of The Last Hotel (former International Shoe Company building, named for the wooden molds cobblers use to make shoes) transitions seamlessly into a cleverly designed restaurant/bar where former Pastaria chef Evy Swoboda turns out Midwestern melting pot cuisine that includes, of course, a seasonal cobbler. The Last Hotel, 1501 Washington, downtown.


FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE1961 to 1965

1961 'Boiling Bags' were introduced - frozen plastic packages of food that can be dropped in boiling water to heat them for serving.

1961 Teflon coated frying pans were introduced.

1961 The first franchised Hardee's fast food restaurant opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on May 5. (see also Sept 3, 1960)

1961 Discovered that spraying linseed oil mixtures on new concrete prevented damage from salt put on roads to melt ice during winter.

1961 U.S. President Kennedy announces pilot food stamp programs would be initiated. The pilot programs would retain the requirement that the food stamps be purchased, but eliminated the concept of special stamps for surplus foods. A Department spokesman indicated the emphasis would be on increasing the consumption of perishables.
Mr. and Mrs. Alderson Muncy of Paynesville, West Virginia, were the first food stamp recipients on May 29, 1961. They purchased $95 in food stamps for their 15-person household.

1961 A technique for tenderizing beef was patented. It involved injecting papain, an enzyme made from papaya, directly into the bloodstream of living animals.

1961 Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville, Kansas invented the first frozen carbonated drink machine.

1961 Carpaccio was invented in 1961 at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. It was named for the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio who was noted for his use of red in his paintings. Thin sliced raw beef served with a cold vinaigrette made with olive oil, or just olive oil and lemon juice (and sometimes Parmesan cheese). Generally served on a bed of greens such as watercresss, endive, arugula and/or radicchio. Originally the beef was seared quickly, and the seared portion then trimmed off before slicing.

1961 Method developed to prevent gelling in canned evaporated milk.

1961 Quaker Oats Company introduced 'Life' cereal.

1961 Julia Child's first book was published, 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'

1961 'Mr. Ed' the talking horse debuts on TV.

1961 The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool.

1961 Wilhelm Koppers died. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.

1961 'Shop Around' by 'The Miracles' becomes Motown Records first million selling single.

1961 The record Jewfish weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1961 The Supremes first single recording was released, 'Buttered Popcorn.'

1961 The World Wildlife Fund, a conservation organization, was founded.

1961 Method developed for measuring pungency of onions by determining amount of pyruvic acid.

1961 Earle Dickson died. He invented band-aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked as a buyer for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing band-aids.

1961 Chad Smith, Antony Kiedis and 'Flea' (Michael Peter Balzary) of the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' were born.

1961 During lunchtime, Brian Epstein heard the Beatles for the first time at The Cavern in Liverpool.

1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared, and was presumed eaten by the cannibals of New Guinea.

1961 H.W. Lay Co. of Atlanta and Frito Co. of Dallas merged to form Frito-Lay Inc.

1961 General Mills introduced 'Total' breakfast cereal.

1961 Unilever introduced 'Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup.

1961 Green Giant entered the frozen food business with peas, corn, green beans and baby Lima beans in pouches with butter sauce.

1961 Coca-Cola Co. introduced 'Sprite' lemon-lime soft drink to compete with 7-Up.

1961 Carnation introduced 'Coffee-Mate' nondairy creamer.

1961 Lutece restaurant opened in New York.

1961 Ray Kroc purchased all rights to the MacDonald's name from the MacDonald brothers. (the 'a' in 'Mac' was later dropped).

1961 The musical comedy 'Milk and Honey' opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.

1961 'A Cook for Mr. General' opened at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City.

1962 David Burke was born. A multiple award winning American celebrity chef and restaurateur.

1962 The pull tab for beverage cans is introduced.

1962 Powdered butter was developed in Australia.

1962 Ernie Kovacs, innovative comedian, died. One of Kovacs' first TV appearances was in Philadelphia in 1950 with a chef, Albert Mathis from the Gulph Mills Country Club, in a live unrehearsed cooking show titled 'Deadline for Dinner.'

1962 The Twilight Zone episode 'To Serve Man' premiered. It is about aliens who arrive here 'to serve man,' but not quite in the way we assumed.

1962 The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour. (The world's first revolving restaurant was the La Ronde Restaurant built in 1961 atop the Ala Moana building fronting the Ala Moana shopping center. The restaurant has since closed down.)

1962 Irma S. Rombauer died (born Oct 30, 1877). Author of 'The Joy of Cooking' - one of the most published cookbooks, she originally had to pay to have the book privately published in 1931. Finally in 1936, publisher Bobbs-Merril Co. published the cookbook and it has been in print ever since.

1962 'Mashed Potato Time' by Dee Dee Sharp reached #1 on the charts.
1962 Booker T and the MG's released their instrumental single 'Green Onions'.
1962 The Four Seasons 'Sherry' hits number 1 on the charts.
1962 'The Monster Mash' by Bobby “Boris” Picket and the Crypt Kickers was number one on the music charts.

1962 Marilyn Monroe sings 'Happy Birthday' at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

1962 Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring' was published. An American biologist, the book was concerned with the dangers of environmental pollution, especially DDT

1962 Planters introduced dry roasted peanuts.

1962 The play 'I Can Get It for You Wholesale' opened on Broadway in New York City.

1962 In Pennsylvania, a garbage dump begins to burn underground, and the fire spreads to nearby coal mining tunnels. It was still burning in 1984. It may still be burning.

1962 Conrad Arnold Elvehjem died. American biochemist who identified nicotinic acid as a vitamin (one of the B vitamins), and that a deficiency caused the disease pellagra.

1962 Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean) died. American actress, primarily remembered as being crowned Artichoke Queen of 1947 in Castroville, California.

1962 Library collection of USDA designated as National Agricultural Library.

1962 The United Farm Workers union is founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

1962 Boxer Evander Holyfield was born. On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield's ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.

1962 Michael Chiarello was born. American celebrity chef, author, winery owner and cooking show host.

1962 Ferran Adria was born. Head Chef at El Bulli restaurant in Roses, Spain. Considered one of the world's greatest Chefs, he has been called 'the Salvador Dali of the kitchen.'

1962 Alton Brown was born. American celebrity chef and author. Host of Food Network TV shows ‘Good Eats’, ‘Iron Chef America’ and ‘Next Iron Chef’, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’, etc.

1963 Skye Gyngell was born in Australia. Chef at Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Britian, food editor for Vogue magazine.

1963 'The Girl Who Came to Supper' opened on Broadway.

1963 Maxwell House introduced the first freeze-dried instant coffee.

1963 Jean Nidetch founded Weight Watchers.

1963 Fruit Loops breakfast cereal is introduced.

1963 Irradiation was used for the first time in 1963 to sterilize dried fruits and vegetables, in order to stop sprouting and to control insect infestation.

1963 Discovered that wild carrots give sheep acute sensitivity to sunlight, causing sunburn of sensitive areas.

1963 ChipsAhoy! chocolate chip cookies are introduced.

1963 The one billionth McDonald's hamburger was served by Ray Kroc on the Art Linkletter Show .

1963 Julia Child's TV show 'The French Chef' begins.

1963 Willard Scott plays Ronald McDonald on TV for the first time

1963 The 'Whisky A Go-Go' opens in Los Angeles - the first disco in the U.S.

1963 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.

1963 On January 23 during a very cold winter, a tank holding 3 million gallons of soybean oil in Mankato, Minnesota ruptured and flooded the streets, eventually making its way to the Mississippi River. In the spring, more than 10,000 ducks were found dead in the wetlands along the river.

1963 Coca Cola introduced TaB, its new diet cola.

1963 'Cleopatra' premiered in New York, staring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. It is rumored that the caterers were the only ones who made money on this movie.

1963 President John F. Kennedy said 'I am a jelly donut' (Ich bin ein Berliner) in a speech to the citizens of Berlin. He meant to say 'I am a Berliner' (Ich bin Berliner). 'Ein Berliner' means jelly donut.

1963 Five digit Zip Codes are introduced for U.S. mail.

1963 Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born. American actress, her first major TV role was as the strange waitress on 'Mad About You.'

1963 Eric Clapton leaves the 'Roosters' to form the band 'Casey Jones and the Engineers.'

1963 'Sugar Shack' by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs, hit number 1 on the charts.

1963 Viking ruins were found by archaeologists in Newfoundland, dated to about the year 1,000. Leif Ericson had landed at 'Vinland' - 500 years before Columbus 'discovered' the New World.

1963 The enigmatic 'Louie Louie' was released by the Kingsmen.

1964 St. Paul, Minnesota gets its first McDonald's Restaurant. Burgers are 15 cents each.

1964 Robert William Flay (Bobby Flay) was born. Celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, host of numerous TV cooking shows.

1964 The Food Stamp Act of 1964 creates a permanent food stamp program.

1964 The first 12 oz aluminum can was introduced by Royal Crown Cola. It wasn't until 3 years later that Coke started using the aluminum can.

1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.

1964 World's largest cheese was made, a 34,591 pound cheddar. It was created by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation for the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. It took 170,000 quarts of milk from 16,000 cows. It was eaten at the 1965 annual meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen & Cheesemakers Association. A replica is on display in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

1964 The TV show 'Gilligan's Island' premiered. The comic tales of 7 shipwrecked castaways on an island.

1964 'Noodles', guitarist of 'The Offspring' was born.

1964 Plastic milk container introduced commercially.

1964 Rachel Louise Carson died. An American biologist and author of 'Silent Spring,' about environmental pollution, especially the dangers of DDT.

1964 The New York World's Fair opens in Flushing Meadows on the same site as the 1939 World's Fair. I had my first Heineken beer at their exhibition there. As a matter of fact, I spent every weekend there from April to October for the 2 years the Fair was open. I sampled music, food, beer and wine from around the world, and it helped inspire my interest in cooking and food history.

1964 Pepsi Cola introduced Diet Pepsi.

1964 T.S. Eliot writes to Groucho Marx "The picture of you in the newspaper saying that, amongst other reasons, you have come to London to see me has greatly enhanced my credit line in the neighborhood, and particularly with the greengrocer across the street."

1964 The African Groundnut Council founded in Dakar.

1964 'Chapel of Love' by Dixie Cups hits #1 on the charts

1964 Arthur Melin of the Wham-O company (of Frisbee fame) patented the hula-hoop. Great exercise.

1964 'The House Of The Rising Sun' by the Animals hit #1 on the charts.

1964 Buffalo Wings were created. Created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends for a midnight snack.

1964 Nic Dalton of the music group 'Lemonheads' was born.

1964 Canada adopted the maple leaf as the official symbol for its national flag.

1964 Colonel Harland Sanders sells his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, but remains as a spokesman for the company.

1964 Bobby Chinn was born. Chef, restaurateur, author and TV cooking show host. Restaurants in Vietnam. Discovery Network TV shows: 'World Café Asia' and .Bobby Chinn Cooks Asia'

1964 Robert Irvine was born. British celebrity chef. Food Network shows include ‘Dinner: Impossible’ ‘Worst Cooks in America’ ‘Restaurant: Impossible’.

1964 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' Christmas special first aired on NBC TV.

1964 Bernard Frank died (born 1902). American forester and conservationist, he was one of the eight co-founders of the Wilderness Society.

1964 The 17.6 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened to traffic. "One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World."

1965 Swedish engineer Sten Gustav Thulin was issued U.S. patent No. 3,180,557 (assigned to Celloplast company) for the modern disposable plastic grocery bag.

1965 Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard the first Gemini spacecraft flight.

1965 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' premiered on CBS TV.

1965 Cool Whip, a whipped cream substitute, was introduced by General Foods. Within 3 months it is the top selling whipped topping product.

1965 Ellen Church died on Aug 22 (born Sept 22, 1904). The first airline stewardess. See May 15, 1930

1965 Canada adopted its new red & white flag with a red maple leaf in the center.

1965 The first Subway sandwich shop opens in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1965 'Pepper' Martin, baseball player died.

1965 Discovered that addition of vitamins C and E reduced levels of nitrosamines in fried bacon and nitrite-cured products industry changed processing to minimize consumer exposure to cancer-causing nitrosamines.

1965 The entire cast of the comic strip 'Peanuts' was featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

1965 R. C. Duncan was granted a patent for 'Pampers' disposable diapers.

1965 Campbell Soup Company introduces Franco-American Spaghetti-O's.

1965 Jimmy Chamberlain of the music group 'The Smashing Pumpkins' was born.

1965 The Rolling Stones recorded the frustrated diners lament, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

1965 Norwood Fisher of the music group 'Fishbone' was born.

1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.

1965 Paul Hermann Muller died. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. However its residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2005.

1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, 'Poppin' Fresh,' was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.

1965 At 5:15 pm on November 9, a 13 hour blackout of the northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada began when the electric grid failed.

1965 British author, W. Somerset Maugham died. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner. '

1965 'Taste Of Honey' by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass hit #1 on the charts

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