Sunday August 11, 2019 5:30 p.m. (DATE CHANGE!) Foodways of the Hessians: Talk and German Colonial Farm to Table Dinner Location: The Farm Cooking School, Titusville, N.J. Speaker: Peter Lubrecht, author of New Jersey Hessians: Truth and Lore in the American Revolution Featuring a splendid, historically inspired six-course dinner prepared by Ian Knauer, a former food editor at Gourmet Magazine with a fascinating talk by author Peter Lubrecht You are cordially invited to a specially-prepared German Colonial Farm Dinner situated on a bucolic farm – only miles from the original battle of Trenton - - which will set the tone for the evening devoted to learning about the life and lore of the Hessians. The seasonal, six-course Colonial Farm to Table dinner inspired by the Hessians will be prepared by Ian Knauer, a former food editor at Gourmet Magazine,author of The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a year of incredible food and together with Shelley Wiseman, wrote The Farm Cooking School: Techniques and Recipes that Celebrate the Seasons.
Then we will learn all about the Hessians, German soldiers for hire who fought for the British in the American Revolution, and who George Washington so famously crossed the Delaware in 1776 to beat at the pivotal Battle of Trenton. Peter Lubrecht, author of New Jersey Hessians: Truth and Lore in the American Revolution will enlighten us on how and why 30,000 German soldiers fought for the British and why it is probably incorrect to call them mercenaries. He will also discuss their legacy as many remained in the colonies after capture – some even fighting for the American side – and went on to establish German-American communities.
Food and entertaining apparently played a key role in the Hessians not being aware of the approaching American soldiers as their colonel continued to enjoy his Christmas supper at a local’s house instead of reading a dispatch that warned of the impeding battle. But Lubrecht will also dispel the myth that the rest of the German soldiers were enjoying unrestrained Yuletide celebrations the night they were attacked.
Guests will enjoy a glass of mead before listening to Lubrecht’s talk but are encouraged to bring their own favorite wine or beverage to accompany the dinner.
The talk and dinner is $125.00 a person and HFSDV members should register ASAP as registration will be opened up to the general public after July 22. The Farm to Table Dinners at the Farm Cooking School are limited and generally sell out.
*** Market Field Trip I Tuesday August 27, 11 a.m. Indian Market and Lunch Patel Indian-Asian Food Market 705 Bethlehem Pike Montgomeryville, Pa. Shuchi Rodgers, whose parents immigrated from Mumbai, India in the 1960s will lead us through the market, home to fresh, authentic vegetables and fruits as well as a host of legumes and dried ingredients which make up the ingredients for dals, biryanis and curries. Rodgers says, “I love cooking Indian food with my children, always starting the process with a family trip to the Indian market.” Following the market trip, we will head to Aman’s Indian Bistro in nearby Chalfont, Pa. for a buffet lunch. This is Shuchi’s parents’ favorite spot, where we will sample Indian staples such as samosas, dosa, naan, uttapam and gobi. $25 market tour and lunch To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indian-market-tour-and-lunch-tickets-65422128347?aff=affiliate1
*** Wednesday, September, 18, 2019 Soda-Pharma: Fountain Flavors from the Dawn of The Pharmaceutical Age 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Second Floor of Shane Confectionery 110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Speaker: Laurel Burmeister, Shane's Confectionery Archivist
Laurel Burmeister will be our historical interpreter of The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, America’s oldest continuously operating confectionery. She will go into the history of these two charming establishments in the Old City of Philadelphia. The greater time will be focused on the history of soda fountains, historic soda flavors, resources, and offering samples sodas along the way. The talk will take us from the time these sodas were prescribe & dispensed for medicinal purposes to their sugary pleasure of today. What a delicious start to the beginnings of big Pharma. We’ll have a chance to look over their collection and have time for questions & discussion. Laurel has a background in museum and archival work and has helped the owners by expanding the historical interpretation programs of their businesses in Philly’s lovely historic area. These relate to confectionary, soda, ice cream, and chocolate. Her work also involves cataloguing, housing and managing objects and archives relating to those topics and programs. Before & after the program Shane Confectionery, The Franklin Ice Cream Bar (next-door at 112 Market) and The Franklin Fountain (116 Market) will be open to purchase historic sweets. The class will be held on the 2nd floor. No elevator in this historic building. For parking info check out: www.philapark.org/locator/ and type in “110 Market St.” The kitchen processes nuts; please be aware of any allergies. Mail the below registration form with a check for $28 (made payable to HFSDV) to: Lin Schreiner, 5 Fiaba Ct, Doylestown, Pa. 18901 Or register on-line via Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soda-pharma-fountain-flavors-from-the-dawn-of-the-pharmaceutical-age-tickets-65443939585?aff=affiliate1
Saturday, October 5 A Revolution in Baking: Christopher Ludwick and Colonial Gingerbread Tasting Location: Historic Sugartown, Malvern, Pa. our program co-sponsor Speaker: Niel De Marino, The Georgian Kitchen
*** Market Field Trip II Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11 a.m. Middle Eastern Market and Lunch Alrayyan Foods 121 S. 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA. Elie-Antoine Atallah, born in Beirut, Lebanon and now an accomplished architect and wonderful home cook living in Philadelphia, will lead us through Alrayyan Foods, a new Middle Eastern market and restaurant. Besides, getting an education on the flavors that define a host of distinctive Middle Eastern cuisines offered in the market, we will also taste traditional dishes including mutabbel, shawrma and maybe even some mazalikia. We will also pop into the nearby Makkah Market, another spot for great Middle Eastern specialties. $25 market tour and lunch To register, got to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/middle-eastern-market-tour-and-lunch-tickets-65422888621?aff=affiliate1
*** Market Field Trip III Tuesday November 5, 2019, 11 a.m. Wholesale Seafood Market and Lunch Samuel’s and Son Seafood 3400 S Lawrence Street Philadelphia, PA. 19148 We get a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of what has grown to be one of the East Coast’s premium wholesale seafood markets started by a young fish monger pushing products through the streets of Philadelphia in the 1920s and which later became Ippolito’s, a corner seafood retailer. After Giuseppe Ippolito retired in 1974 and moved back to Sicily, Sam D’Angelo, who was managing Ippolito’s, started a separate wholesale business, Samuel’s and Son Seafood, a 60,000-square-foot facility on Lawrence Street. Today over 100 trucks make deliveries over 300-mile radius, six days a week. The entire facility is kept at 35 degrees to keep the fresh fish fresh. The tour will highlight the entire process of receiving, processing and storing the fish. Following the tour, we will enjoy a lunch prepared by market’s chef, which will focus on local seafood. $30 market tour and lunch To register, got to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wholesale-seafood-market-tour-and-lunch-tickets-65423927729?aff=affiliate1
*** Saturday, December 7, 2019 HFSDV's 25th Anniverary Party & The Foods of the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 and Their Legacy Location: Joseph Ambler Inn Speaker: William Woys Weaver, food historian, author of 16 books and HFSDV's first president