Food & History: December 16
1773 The Boston Tea Party begins the American Revolution when a group of men dressed as Indians, boarded ships and dumped hundreds of tons of tea into the Boston Harbor.
1777 Barbe-Nicole Clicquot born, The Grand Dame of Champagne. When she was 27 years old she took over her husband Francois Clicquot’s champagne house upon his death.
1835 The original Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street was destroyed by fire.
1863 Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought the Amsterdam brewery, which dated back to 1592. This was the beginning of Heineken beer.
1903 The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower opened in Mumbai, India’s first Luxury hotel.
1980 Kentucky Fried Chicken Founder Harland Sanders dies.
2004 Country Music singer Willie Nelson opens his own restaurant called the Texas Roadhouse Grill in Austin, Texas.