October 12th is National Gumbo Day!

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Five Food Facts about Gumbo:

  1. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.
  2. There are several different varieties of gumbo based on the type of thickener used to create the dish.
  3. Creole gumbo contains shellfish and tomatoes whereas Cajun gumbo is generally spicier with shellfish or chicken.
  4. Gumbo may have flavors rooted in Native American, African, Caribbean, Spanish, and French cuisines.
  5. No one is certain behind the dish’s origin; the oldest mention is by French explorer C.C. Robin on the Acadian coast in 1803.

Other events:

–Florida: Farmer’s Day
–St. Edwin, patron of tramps and parents of large families.


Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus arrived at the Bahamas
  • 1810 The first Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich. Oktoberfest originated as a horse race to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today it is a 2 week…

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