Honoring those who fought for freedom...
It's easy to forget the significance of Memorial Day as we look forward to a long weekend filled with family, food and fun. But the holiday, originally known as Decoration Day and first celebrated on May 5th, 1866, in Waterloo, New York, was a way to publically honor those who gave their lives for freedom. Businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. It became an official holiday in 1971 and the date was changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May.
Mel Carter is a legendary singer (pop ["Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"], jazz, big band, gospel), songwriter and entertainer who's recorded several music and video projects at my studio ( thetasound.com ). One of those projects was a recording of "Taps." Until Mel sang the words, I didn't realize that this solitary bugle tune, traditionally played at military funerals, had any lyrics, but it does. Mel sang the song a cappella and I recorded this powerful performance on audio and video. Due to the power of the message and the inspirational performance by Mel, this video has garnered over 135,000 views! You can experience this moving piece here.
What's Cookin' for Memorial Day Weekend?
This holiday weekend signifies the unofficial start of summer and that means firing up the backyard grill. There are virtually unlimited options for meal planning and I've highlighted a few here. The first in this group uses sourdough bread in place of a hot dog bun. Keep in mind that since artisan sourdough bread has lots of holes, you'll want to use a plate and have napkins handy! The next image shows grilled sourdough bread. I recommend brushing some of our Tuscan Herb-Infused Organic Olive Oil from Ojai Olive Oil Company before or after the grilling.
Below, witness sourdough bread as the top and bottom of an awesome-looking burger sandwich. And lastly, check out this vegetarian sourdough sandwich.
And if salad's your preference, there's nothing quite like homemade sourdough croutons (made with Breadness, of course...)!
Stock Up for the Long Weekend!
Whatever your plans for Memorial Day, make them even more memorable with fresh Artisan Sourdough Breads (Traditional Country Loaf and Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan), Raw Farm Butters, Laura Ann's Jams, Clif Family Honey Spreads, Ojai Premium Olive Oils and Balsamics, Beyond the Olive Tapenades, and Ritrovo Selections Balsamic Vinegars from Random Acts of Breadness!
Going somewhere other than home for food and fun this weekend?
Bring gourmet goodies from Random Acts of Breadness to the party!
Random Acts of Breadness is located at 2214 West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank (2-1/2 blocks east of Buena Vista on the south side of the street). Come to the bakery and sample our artisan wares, or order on line for bakery pickup, or have Breadness delivered or shipped to your door. You may also order by phone at 818-562-7303 and pay when you come pick it up. We're open Friday & Saturday 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Note: If you (or someone you wish to gift) live within 120 miles of Los Angeles, we can ship on Thursday (via UPS Ground) and in most cases your Breadness Box will arrive on Friday (Saturday at the latest). Place your order before Thursday at noon here.
Enjoy a "slice of life" from Random Acts of Breadness!
From our hands to yours...
Randall Michael Tobin
Artisan Baker/Chef, PC, ACF
2214 West Magnolia Blvd., Unit A, Burbank, CA, 91506, United States of America
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