Which one makes your mouth water most? National Steakhouse Month, National Seafood Month or National Turkey Lover’s Month? Oh, and if you’re not into meat and seafood, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month too. A perfect lineup for al fresco dining, don’t you think?
On the other hand, a few of this month’s food celebrations seem a bit out of place. Take National Strawberry Shortcake Day, on June 14, for example. We would move this one to July 4th, along with National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day, on June 9. Although, as far as capturing the spirit of a good, down-to-earth summer day goes, those two sweet dish highlights actually do embody the return to the carefree, leisurely living we so appreciate in early June.
Strawberry Rhubarb pie alone evokes comforting memories, along with a few kitchen-side debates regarding crust preferences. There are those who insist that a traditional strawberry-rhubarb pie requires a classic lattice crust. Perhaps this is meant to be reminiscent of garden harbors and outdoor dining. Others yet prefer the free spirit of the open-crust pie, showing off the sweet fruits of the land and holding nothing back. Bees and other flying critters would tend to agree.
June begins at the breakfast or brunch table with National Egg Day on the 3rd, followed by National Cheese Day on the 4th. Mozzarella, Cheddar and Brie are America’s favorite cheeses. Who loves cheese as much as we do? Mice, of course. Only thing is, they really don’t. In tests, mice offered a choice of grains or sweets and cheese will devour the first two before touching the latter. Of course, we have a theory about that: They are saving the best for last!
Another day to notice this month is June 13, Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. As in, the number one never-spoken-openly-but-often-observed reason for dining out? Survey says?!
Here then, is a list of this month’s food display. May it inspire your patio-side gatherings.
June 1 – National Hazelnut Cake Day
June 2 – National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
June 3 – National Egg Day
June 4 – National Cheese Day
June 5 – National Veggie Burger Day
June 6 – National Applesauce Cake Day
June 7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8 – National Jelly Doughnut Day
June 9 – National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
June 10 – National Iced Tea Day
June 11 – National German Chocolate Cake Day
June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 13 – Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
June 14 – National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June 15 – National Lobster Day
June 16 – National Fudge Day
June 17 – Eat All Your Veggies Day
June 18 – International Picnic Day
June 19 – National Dry Martini Day
June 20 – National Vanilla Milkshake
June 21 – National Peaches and Cream
June 22 – National Chocolate Éclair Day
June 23 – National Pecan Sandy Day
June 24 – National Pralines Day
June 25 – National Strawberry Parfait Day
June 26 – National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 27 – National Indian Pudding Day
June 28 – National Tapioca Day
June 29 – National Almond Buttercrunch Day
June 30 – National Ice Cream Soda Day