National Ceaser Day

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Get ready to celebrate National Ceasar Day, a day dedicated to the mighty and iconic Caesar salad! This delectable dish has a history as fascinating as its flavors. So, grab your lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and dressing, because we're about to embark on a journey into the world of Caesar salad!

When is Ceaser Day?

It's national ceaser day on the 14th May.

The Birth of a Legend

Legend has it that the Caesar salad was created by Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur, in 1924. Cardini was living in Tijuana, Mexico, during the 4th of July weekend. Due to a rush in patrons, Cardini needed a simple, yet delicious salad to serve.

Cardini, being the inventive genius that he was, whipped up a delightful combination of romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. He even added a splash of creativity by tossing the salad tableside!

History behind the term 'Ceaser'

44 BC

Assassination of Julius Caesar

In 44 BC, Julius Caesar, a Roman military and political leader, was assassinated by a group of senators led by Brutus and Cassius. This event, known as the Ides of March, marked a significant turning point in Roman history and set the stage for the term 'Caesar' to become associated with power and leadership.

48 BC

Rise of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, a Roman general and statesman, becomes a powerful figure in Ancient Rome. Known for his military accomplishments and political cunning, Caesar plays a pivotal role in shaping the Roman Republic amidst political turmoil.

27 BC

Augustus becomes the first Roman Emperor

In 27 BC, Gaius Octavius, who became known as Augustus, became the first Roman Emperor. He adopted the name 'Caesar' as part of his official title, making it synonymous with imperial rule and authority. The term 'Caesar' gained even more prominence during this time, as Augustus established the Pax Romana, a period of relative peace and stability in the Roman Empire.

44 BC

Assassination of Julius Caesar

On March 15, Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of senators led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus. This event, known as the Ides of March, marks a turning point in Roman history and triggers a series of significant events.

42 BC

Battle of Philippi

The Battle of Philippi takes place between the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian (later known as Augustus), who support the legacy of Julius Caesar, and the forces of Cassius and Brutus, the assassins of Caesar. Antony and Octavian emerge victoriously, solidifying their position in Rome.

1000 AD

Roman Empire falls but 'Caesar' lives on

By the year 1000 AD, the Roman Empire had fallen, but the term 'Caesar' continued to hold significance. It became associated with emperors and rulers in various parts of the world, particularly in the Byzantine Empire. The title 'Caesar' was used to designate the heir apparent or co-emperor, highlighting the legacy and influence of the Roman Empire even after its decline.

18th Century

Caesar Salad Emerges

In the 18th century, a new culinary creation called the Caesar salad emerged. It is believed to have been named after Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur in Tijuana, Mexico. The salad's popularity grew, and it became synonymous with freshness and a tangy taste. Today, the Caesar salad is enjoyed worldwide, showcasing how the term 'Caesar' has transcended its historical origins and influenced popular culture.

27 BC

Octavian becomes Caesar Augustus

Octavian, the adopted heir of Julius Caesar, consolidates his power and becomes the first Roman Emperor. He takes the name Caesar Augustus, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire. Augustus implements various cultural, political, and social reforms, shaping the future of the empire.

Present Day

Caesar as a Symbol of Authority and Dictatorship

In present times, the term 'Caesar' is often used metaphorically to refer to someone with great power and authority, sometimes even used pejoratively to denote dictatorship. It has become a symbol of leadership, influence, and the lasting impact of the Roman Empire on language and culture. The term 'Caesar' continues to captivate and intrigue, evoking images of ancient Rome and its charismatic rulers.

59 AD

Roman General Julius Agricola arrives in Britain

Julius Agricola, a Roman general and governor, arrives in Britain. Agricola's campaigns in Britain further solidify Roman control over the island and introduce Roman culture, language, and administration. The term 'Caesar' gains significance in relation to Roman influence and power.

122 AD

Construction of Hadrian's Wall

Emperor Hadrian orders the construction of Hadrian's Wall in Britain. This monumental structure served as a defensive fortification and symbol of Roman authority. The wall stretches 73 miles across northern Britain and demonstrates the ongoing presence and influence of the Roman Empire.

Did you know?

Did you know that the original Caesar salad recipe didn't contain anchovies? It's true! The use of anchovies in the dressing is a popular variation that developed over time.


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