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.

December 11- National Have a Bagel Day

National Have a Bagel Day 

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Facts on Bagels 

  • Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked.
  • Bagels come in many varieties from blueberry to the “everything” bagel, however, the most popular choice is plain, followed closely by sesame.
  • Bagels have been used to symbolize the continuous cycle of life—without beginning and without end.
  • That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks, it came in handy for early peddles and street vendors to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport.
  • The first bagel bakeries were founded in New York City in the 1920s.