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Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset

Imagine a world without caffeine, where beer is for breakfast.  Where salad is forbidden in a healthy diet.  Where royal edict decrees what you can eat according to your status. Where jello is an aristocratic dish.  Where sugar carried a hundred different social meanings and special houses were built just for dessert.  This class gives you a menu from the inauguration feast for the Lord Mayor of Elizabethan London, lets you cook a dish from a Shakespeare play, and offers a taste of the new food fashions never before dreamt of, like exotic sweet potatoes recently arrived from the New World.

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Chocolate

Women, Food, and Politics

A Winter’ Feast

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage (coming 1 April 2012)

Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset (coming 1 April 2012)

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage

Coming on 1 April 2012…

Why do we celebrate weddings with cake?  What is a medieval “bride ale”?  How should a Renaissance king, a Victorian queen, or a Jazz Age socialite wine and dine wedding guests?  And, according to eighteenth-century sages, what’s the best food to woo your beloved to the altar?  If you’re looking for ways to infuse your own nuptials with a taste of the past or you just want an alternative shower or bachelorette party, this is the class for you.  It’s also for anyone just curious about the mysteries of food and love.  (An alternate baby shower, full of Renaissance advice for pregnant women and Elizabethan revelries for new mothers, is also available.)

Please choose another class below or read more about food history cooking parties in your home

Chocolate

Women, Food, and Politics

A Winter’ Feast

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage (coming 1 April 2012)

Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset (coming 1 April 2012)

A Winter’s Feast

After the flurry of festivities for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year, we sometimes fall into a mirthless winter until spring arrives.  Once upon a time, though, people knew not just how to get through January, February, and March, but how to dance, sing, celebrate and FEAST through the dark times and lean months.  Rustic Winter StewBreath new life into your own winter by learning who should make the tamales for Candelaria, how to bake a proper pastry for Icelandic Bolludagur (Bun Day), why you have to eat pancakes before Lent, and how ancient Scots welcomed the return of the sun.  And then when you’ve stuffed yourself, how to call on St. Wulfstan, patron saint of dieters.  By showing you how to make the most of what’s available now with ideas from the past, this class combines the best of food history with a passion for local and seasonal eating.

Please choose another class below or read more about food history cooking parties in your home

Chocolate

Women, Food, and Politics

A Winter’ Feast

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage (coming 1 April 2012)

Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset (coming 1 April 2012)

Women, Food, and Politics

The 1916 Suffrage Cookbook opened, “an interest in politics is not incompatible with an interest in cookery.” Indeed, while women ruled the kitchen throughout history, the “fairer sex” also fed revolutions, starved enemy lines, incited food riots, and penned many a cookbook to raise money for political causes before reforming school lunches, taking over the White House gardens, and transforming food policies. home canning for victory This class, perfect for a “girls’ night out” or a fun way to entertain during this election year, invites guests to cook along and taste five hundred years of political food while discovering the many unlikely ways that the women of the past not only kept hearth and home fires burning, but also sizzled in the world of politics.

Please choose another class below or read more about food history cooking parties in your home

Chocolate

Women, Food, and Politics

A Winter’ Feast

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage (coming 1 April 2012)

Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset (coming 1 April 2012)

Chocolate

This course is perfect a big group love fest on Valentine’s Day or a special birthday celebration for your favorite chocolate god or goddess.

When the Spanish explorer Cortés first arrived in the New World and demanded gold, he was led instead to mountains of cocoa beans.  Or so the story goes.  But true or not, it’s a testament to the value we’ve long invested in chocolate.  For thousands of years Mayans used this black gold as currency at the same time these “coins” were converted into ceremonial drinks for royal banquets and religious rites.

Eat Feed Chocolate cookbookSeventeenth-century Europeans adopted and transformed chocolate, opening fashionable chocolate drinking houses across the continent. And today we delight in everything from mass-produced Halloween candy to the health benefits of high quality dark cocoa.  In this course, guests enter the chocolate houses of Jane Austen’s day, taste original hot chocolate recipes from Renaissance Europe, and uncover the many reasons these pods from Indonesia to Grenada have been dubbed “the food of the gods.”

Choose another class below or read more about food history cooking parties in your home

Chocolate

Women, Food, and Politics

A Winter’ Feast

The Rites and Recipes of Marriage (coming 1 April 2012)

Shakespeare’s Flummery and Queen Elizabeth’s Posset (coming 1 April 2012)