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The Culinary Courtesan

Jan 21, 2020

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Show Notes

Welcome to the gastronomy news segment on Culinary Courtesan.

National New England Clam Chowder Day:

The first printed recipe of chowder was found in the Boston Evening Post dated September 23, 1751. It is believed that chowder originated in fishing villages of the coast of France and in the Cornwall region of Southwestern England in the 16th century. At that time any kind of chowder was a poor man's dish. It was cooked in a large cooking pots.

Clam chowder is a staple in Boston. The Union Oyster House in Boston has been serving it since 1836. It’s been stated that French or settlers from Nova Scotia introduced it to the area. While the chowder is made with milk or cream base, it was thin in the 19th and 20th century. There are other types of chowder by New England is the best known. Holiday Recipe on Food Network


Terrible Tariffs On Hold: 

Macron and Trump shook hands, smiled, and did everything but kiss babies in an agreement to declare a truce on digital tax dispute. They will work together to avoid a rise in tariffs. This France was going to raise the price on digital services and in retaliation the US was going to put a 100% tariff on French wine, cheese, handbags, etc. Then the rest of the EU got mixed up in this mess for other things. This is great news because so many businesses in the US are intertwined with French wine, cheese, etc.  For now no new tariffs, they said they are going to work it out. Time will tell. Bloomberg


Groceries Meets Cocktails:

Grocery stores are figuring out ways to keep people inside. The longer someone stays, the more they spend  Stores like Krogers, Wegmans, and Whole Foods are adding amenities so that people can imbibe.The stores are adding their own pubs with beers and/or cocktails selections. These areas will be in separate areas of the store to make sure IDs can be checked to make sure everyone is 21 and over. Vinepair


Alain Ducasse Pushing Wine:

Celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is trying to get people to push Dryuary said by offering sales on wine in his restaurants. It’s causing a bit of a stir. He’s gone gangsta and lowered the price on the top tier bottles from Bordeaux and Bourgogne. Some people are asking if he is right by encouraging drinking during a dry time?! Drinks Insight