National Days

Yes, there is a day for everything… so much so, that now there are multiple themes for every single day of the year. With that in mind, look ahead and plan to celebrate at least one or two food-themed days in the weeks ahead!

May 15th NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies. While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.  The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging.  In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate.  The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn.

Best Chocolate Chip Dessert in the Midlands ::

Kaminsky’s | Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake – vanilla bean ice cream, mint, chocolate sauce and chocolate chips

May 16 NATIONAL COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES DAY This day is dedicated to the delicious Coquilles Saint Jacques dish, a dish usually consisting of scallops combined with a mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms and cheese, baked in a scallop shell.

Best Scallop Dish in the Midlands ::

Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Blackened Sea Scallops served over Jambalaya Risotto, served as one of several entrees available in their Seasonal Prix Fixe menu. Served with salad, side and dessert.

May 17 NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY Celebrate by inviting friends and family to share a night of fun at your favorite pizzeria.  Ours? Pizza night at Tombo Grille (Tuesdays) when you can order a pizza for $6 and a bottle of wine for $15!

Celebrate Pizza Party Day on Tuesday at Tombo Grille on Forest Drive! $6 pizza and $15 bottle of wine!

May 20 NATIONAL QUICHE LORRAINE DAY Quiche Lorraine is believed to have originated in the rural Lorraine Region of France.  The original Quiche Lorraine consisted of an open pie, made using a bottom crust with a filling of custard and smoked bacon. A cast iron skillet was used to cook the original Quiche.  The cheese was added to the recipe at a much later time.

Best Quiche Lorraine in the Midlands ::

Crepes and Croissants offers a homemade version of this French classic, prepared with finesse by Laurent, genuine Frenchman and gourmet chef! Served with either chips or a spinach side, this dish is just 6 bucks!

May 21 NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY Put a few extra bucks in your pocket as you head out for your lunch or dinner plans this day (or week). Your servers work hard, and giving them a few extra dollars in their tip this week will help them feel appreciated!

May 22 NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables. Most medieval puddings were meat based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened, they were usually served hot. Toward the end of the 18th century, puddings were more likely made from a grains or day old bread with nuts, fruit or meats. These puddings were used to stretch meals for a large family. The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.

Best Pudding in the Midlands

Little Pigs Barbecue | Banana pudding on the barbecue buffet. The buffet always features their famous banana pudding, fresh from the Little Pigs kitchen.

May 22 NATIONAL BRISKET DAY As one of the nine primal cuts of beef, brisket comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. Brisket is a tough and relatively inexpensive cut of meat. While it requires some patience to cook brisket to tenderness, the reward is well worth the effort. Select a well-marbled cut of meat.   Many times oak, pecan, hickory or mesquite is added to the other hardwoods to enhance the flavor.  Brisket will be fork tender when it is fully cooked and is then served with or without a sauce.

Best Brisket in the Midlands ::

Willie Jewell’s Brisket – fork tender

Willie Jewell’s Old School BBQ | Willie Jewell’s smokes all of their BBQ the old-fashioned way, the low and slow method. That includes their brisket, which is available on a sandwich or as a dinner. There is a new location on Sunset Blvd. in Lexington (across from Corley Mill Road) – all barbeque is smoked onsite for hours and served in minutes!

May 28 NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States. The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.

Favorite Burgers in the Midlands ::

Old Mill Brewpub’s Brewpub Burger with Fried Egg, Onion Rings, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese
Tombo Grille’s HOUSE GROUND C.A.B. BURGER* house bacon, grilled onion, smoked tomato aioli, seasoned fries cheddar, gorgonzola, smoked gouda or pimento cheese
Pimento Cheeseburger from O’Hara’s Public House in Lexington!
Love the chunky burgers served at Ruth’s Chris during lunch and happy hour (in the bar only).
Freedom Burger from Liberty Tap Room,
cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato

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