July 6, 2021 – National Fried Chicken Day | National Hand Roll Day

Did You Know That Fried Chicken Caused Quite A Ruckus In The 1930s? Find Out Why The Colonel Nearly Lost His Head Over Wings And Thighs!

Welcome to July 6th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate losing your head over wings and thighs and rolling out the good stuff. 

People are often passionate about their favorite foods, but it’s safe to say never quite like this. Colonel Sanders was making a name for himself in the early 1930s in Kentucky. He owned a Shell gas station and set up a cafe nearby to serve his now-famous fried chicken to drivers who passed through town. Everyone seemed to love it, except for Matt Stewart, the owner of a Standard Oil gas station in the area. Stewart began painting over advertisements for the restaurant and Sanders went to confront him, which led to a gunfight. All over fried chicken. On National Fried Chicken Day, there’s no need to lose your head over this American favorite, though you might want to pick up some extra of the parts that people fight over. 

Before it was a delicacy, sushi was a staple food in the diets of poor fishermen.  In the days before refrigeration, people discovered that they could preserve the fish by packing it in fermented rice.  But unlike modern sushi, the rice was not eaten, as it was only meant to keep the fish from spoiling. Eventually, rice vinegar replaced the fermented rice. Since then, sushi has transformed into a delicacy, with many variations. But none has the unique flair of the hand roll.  It uses the same ingredients as other rolls but hand rolls are not cut into pieces and they are meant to be eaten as soon as they are served.  On National Hand Roll Day, try something new at your favorite sushi place and be sure to say, kanpai!

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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