National Cheese Fondue Day
Facts on Fondue
- The history of fondue is centuries old! Fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed people that had limited access to fresh food during the winter months.
- Fondue became the national dish of Switzerland when the Swiss Cheese Union modernized it and campaigned as a way to sell more cheese in the 1930s.
- Fondue became a fad in American in the ’60s and ’70s after it was brought back by a jet setter that had it on a ski holiday.
- It is a tradition that if a man drops his piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks.
- If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbors.
National Sourdough Bread Day
Facts on Sourdough Bread
- Sourdough bread is a leavened and uses forms of cultivated yeast in the preparation.
- Sourdough produces a distinctively tangy or sour taste, mainly because of the lactic acid produced by the culture.
- Sourdough is the oldest and most original form of leavened bread. The oldest recorded use of sourdough is from the Ancient Egyptian civilizations.
- Studies have shown that eating sourdough for breakfast will also help you process your lunch in a more beneficial way.
- Sourdough was the main bread made in Northern California during the California Gold Rush, and it remains a part of the culture today.
National Have a Bagel Day
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.