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Happy-Gourmand

Turning leaves, new and old

"Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season when nature is all aglow."                                                                                         
~ Anonymous

The author of this quote is unknown, but it is certain that this person was speaking of October. It is the month of harvest festivals throughout the northern hemisphere, with celebrations to toast the bounty and enjoy the colours of autumn before winter settles in and blows its cold winds. 

I’ll bet you don’t know just how many things there are to celebrate in October. Thanksgiving and harvest are just the beginning. Whether it's turning over the new leaves of innovation or even just reminiscing on old traditions, there are many moments of celebration in the first month of autumn. 

Here is just a smattering:

October is a great month for inventions and accomplishments. The Nobel Peace Prize is given out in October to recognize such momentous efforts. 

Edison debuted the first incandescent light bulb went on the market, as did the first Ford Model T's (they sold for $825). 

Moby Dick, For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Winnie the Pooh, published in the month of October.

Sputnik first launched in October 1957, and the space shuttle Atlantis made its first flight in 1985. 

The first convening of the United Nations General Assembly happened in October. 

On a lighter note, ‘Dr. No’, the first instalment of many James Bond movies, was released in 1962, and in 1969 the first episode of "Monty Python and the Flying Circus aired on BBC television.

This time of year has also not been good for the bad guys. Marie Antoinette was guillotined in Paris, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, and Bolivian revolutionary Che Guevera was executed. It was also the month the Taliban tried, but failed, to kill Malala Yousafzai. 

One should be careful if investing in October, as it is the month of Black Monday, Black Tuesday, and Black Friday - all days the stock market crashed.

I couldn't go without mentioning the food of October. Interestingly enough, it's not the official turkey month, or pumpkin month, but it is apple month, and caramel month. A coincidence? I think not! Freshly harvested apples dunked in caramel certainly says ‘fall’ to me.

I understand that pretzels are celebrated as well. After all, what else would you want to go with your beer at Oktoberfest? And if you're not a beer fan, then you could try a pickled pepper, or some pork, or pizza, or pasta, or popcorn (how is it that almost every ‘official’ food of October starts with ‘p’, but they didn't include pumpkin?!)

In closing, I'll offer another quote. I don't expect I'll be on the next space shuttle, but I'd like to plan for many warm, cozy, happy, tasty moments this month. 

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”           ~ from Rainbow Rowell's Attachments

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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