The New Castle Historical Society is beginning a new program designed to connect participants to the rich agricultural history of the community and examine the effect food has on our lives. Whether it’s through family recipes and traditions past down from generation to generation, a new passion for cooking or baking, supporting local farmers and locally sourced foods, or an interest in the food traditions of other cultures, food has the power to connect all of us. A series of online lectures, discussions and activities will be curated with historians and individuals that will explore these and more fascinating food related topics.

Wednesday, October 21
7:00 pm via Zoom
Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Food Historian

Lecture: Cooking by the Book: Celebrity Chefs, Cookbookery, and the Changing Landscape of American Cuisine

Join food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson for a journey through America’s cuisine as told by cookbooks. Along the way we’ll meet celebrity chefs obscure and familiar from all over the country and across the decades. Spanning the late 18th century to the present, Wassberg Johnson discusses how cookbooks reflected and influenced changes in home cooking in the United States.

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Monday, November 9
7:00 pm via Zoom
Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Connecting to Our Past Through Heirloom Fruits

What does it mean when fruits are identified as “heirloom” and how can they connect us to our agricultural past? During this discussion participants will hear directly from several farmers who continue to grow these truly special fruits and the connection they provide to their farm and family history. Learn about some of the differences and any difficulties associated with growing these varieties, how they sell or use these fruits as well as the history of their orchards, some of which date back to the 17th century.

The panel discussion will feature farmers Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue, NY, Laurie McBride, Farm Manager at Wickham’s Fruit Farm and Jenn Halsey Dupree owner The Milk Pail Farm in Water Mill, NY. The discussion will be moderated by Charity Robey, a writer and columnist for the Shelter Island Reporter whose work has also appeared in the Suffolk-Times, Newsday and New York Times. A food historian noted for her research on Long Island farming and fishing, she is a programming chair for the Culinary Historians of New York.

Program Fee: $5

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