December 9, 2020 – Weary Willie Day | National Pastry Day

Welcome to December 9th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate success stories in true rags to riches form.

Traditional clowns wore white makeup, with red noses and cheeks, and pointy hats. During the Great Depression, a clown named Emmett Kelly changed that image. People were down on their luck and while they wanted to be entertained, the usual clown shtick didn’t seem terribly relatable. That’s when Kelly’s clown character, Weary Willie became a reflection of the times. Instead of the typical costume, Weary Willie looked more like a hobo. He wore a frown, had whiskers, and his clothes were torn and dirty. This underdog became iconic because people could see something of themselves in him. On Weary Willie Day, celebrate a clown who was a man of the people. Unless you’re afraid of clowns, in which case, forget we said anything.

Pastry dough dates back to the ancient Mediterranean when it was rolled paper thin and baked into baklava. The Crusaders brought it to Europe where it became a versatile base for pies and pasties.  But the variety of pastries we enjoy today is thanks to a French chef who mastered the technique of crafting dough into the sublime. Chef Careme grew up poor, but his career took off at age 15 when his grandiose pastry creations reached the table of Napoleon Bonaparte.  From there he served the royalty of Europe with his cream puffs, danishes, quiches and tarts, and advanced the notion of cuisine as both art and science.  On National Pastry Day we celebrate this rich dessert and the kid who shaped his future with it.  

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