Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley

Dedicated to the Promotion and Understanding of Food History

Welcome to the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley

If food is your passion then this is the place for you!  The Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley (HFSDV) is a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to the promotion and understanding of food and its place and contributions in history.  Members are food lovers who wish to share, not only their love of food, but their passion with other like minded folks.  Focusing mainly on 17th through the 19th century cooking,  the Foodways Society sponsors programs throughout the year including visits and lectures to historic sites as well as our Annual Meeting held each November. 

The Society provides its members with informational programs four times a year, a quarterly newsletter, and an opportunity for people who are interested in culinary culture to gather and learn from experts and from each other.  Many historic sites throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been hosts for our meetings and have helped to advance our understanding of foodways from the perspective of the host site, its cultural surroundings, and local food traditions. 

The Historic Foodway’s purpose is to encourage educational programs and networking opportunities;  to accomplish this goal, we will provide information through this website on a variety of programs on food traditions, cultures and

practices, both historical and contemporary, and related subjects. 


Please check out the HFSDV Programs, Calendar of Events and Classes pages for interesting programs, workshops and classes.

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                          If you need to contact me directly, email me at:  susan.luczu@yahoo.com

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Updated November 2014

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Cooking classes are a fun and educational way to try many different types of foods and styles of hearth cooking.


Cooking in the hearth at Peachfield Plantation  - Mt. Holly, NJ—Nov. 2013.

Bucket of boiling water over the fire contains a cabbage stuffed with ground meat mixture, then wrapped in a pudding cloth and boiled.


Dishes included Mushroom Soup; Southall Cabbage pudding; String

Roasted Beef; Yorkshire Pudding; Yam Pudding and Dover Cakes.

                                                                                     S. Luczu