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. 


September 7, 2014 Program information available on ‘HFSDV Programs’ page

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Bee Hive Oven


Firing the oven for a pizza baking session in the back yard.


Photo courtesy of S. Luczu



Without a functional wall oven in my fireplace, we decided to invest in a backyard beehive oven several years ago.  We have it on our back patio, under a

‘pavilion-style’ roof (raised center of the roof - for smoke ventilation).

Purchased from Williams-Sonoma online — (after three attempts of delivery),

the third oven came to our door without breakage;

a 5-6 week delay each time waiting for the new oven from Italy.


I have to say, it was worth the wait to get a functional 30” diameter beehive oven to use.  We have enjoyed making pizza, breads and a few other dishes in the oven, can’t wait for the cooler weather to fire it up again.

S. Luczu