July 16th, 2020 – Get to Know Your Customers Day | National Corn Fritters Day

Transcript for July 16th

Welcome to July 16th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  I’m John McClain sitting in for Marlo Anderson and today we celebrate the foundation of any business and a side dish with corny appeal.  More after the break from Anna Devere.

When Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated, the owners typically knew you by name and knew what you wanted to buy. And not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you. But with the advent of internet shopping and big-box stores, much of that personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn it all around. Making each of them feel like they are your most important customer is not just good for your company’s bottom line, it’s the best way to stay stand out from the crowd.  Go ahead and celebrate your customers today with a little extra attention that everyone needs and appreciates.

Corn was an important part of Native American culture, but Europeans knew nothing of it until the 15th Century. When settlers learned how to prepare this New World ingredient, they began to adapt their European recipes to include it, creating foods such as cornbread. In what became the Southern United States, corn was used to create two regional favorites, which are often confused with one another. The johnnycake is made with cornmeal and is prepared like a pancake. While fritters are dough patties made with corn kernels in the batter, then fried in oil. Today, we’re celebrating the fritter. Sorry johnnycake. On National Corn Fritters Day, celebrate this delicious Southern side dish that can be eaten with something savory or sweet. 

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