December 31 – National Champagne Day

National Champagne Day 

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Facts on Champagne

  • National Champagne Day falls on New Years Eve, perhaps because the two make an obvious pairing.
  • Champagne is associated with celebrations, so it is no surprise it was and still is the drink of choice for the festivities.
  • Outside of New Year’s, sparkling wine is perhaps most popularly drunk at brunch in the form of a Mimosa.
  • By law, to accurately be called Champagne, the grapes used in the production of the wine must come from the Champagne region of France. If not it is called sparkling wine.
  • Champagne pairs very well with rich or oily foods, even Pizza!

 

 

 

December 14 – National Bouillabaisse Day

National Bouillabaisse Day

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Facts on Bouillabaisse 

  • Bouillabaisse is a rich French fish stew, traditionally associated with the Provence region, especially Marseilles.
  • Bouillabaisse contains various fish and shellfish, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, white wine, saffron and herbs.
  • Bouillabaisse originally was a stew made by Marseille fishermen using the bony rock fish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets.
  • As Marseille became more prosperous, restaurants and hotels began to serve bouillabaisse to upper class patrons and the recipe became more refined.
  • The name bouillabaisse comes from the method of the preparation — the ingredients are not added all at once.

November 3- National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich Day

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Facts on Sandwiches

  • The most popular sandwich is the plain, ordinary ham sandwich
  • The first recorded use of the word ‘Sandwich’ (with a capital S), was in 1762 by Edward Gibbon writing of the Beef Steak Club in London.
  • The sandwich is named after John Montagu (1718-92), the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who started a craze for eating beef between two slices of toast.
  • The Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) were also named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1778.
  • Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day