March 9th, 2009

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Authentic 19th Century Maryland Cooking Class!

This isn't in Prince George's Co., but I think people here might be interested in and it's worth the travel:

Join Afrofoodways.com in conjunction with the Menare Foundation’s Button Farm Living History Center and Community Supported Agricultural Project for Historic Cooking Classes this April!

A unique invitation to prepare, cook, and consume an authentic multi-course dinner at the historic Grusendorf Cabin in bucolic Seneca Creek State Park. Join culinary historian Michael W. Twitty for this exclusive engagement where participants will gain instruction and insights into meal preparation the way 19th century Marylanders cooked over an open hearth. Four specially themed authentic meals are offered to reflect the lives and legacies of the Underground Railroad. Three-hour courses are limited to 14 adults or teenagers 16 and up.

Special Introductory Prices! Limited Availability.

Josiah Henson Class/Afro-Marylander Foodways
Prepare kush (a spicy alternative to cornbread), okra soup, Maryland fried chicken, turnip greens, hominy, and white sweet potato pie using cast iron implements, local hardwoods and traditional mortar and pestles.
Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members in advance
$25 for ALL walk-ins, space permitting
SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2009 (11 AM—2:30 PM)

Elizabeth Lea Class/19th Century Quaker Foodways
(from her original 1850’s Montgomery County Cookbook)
Prepare beaten biscuits, hominy, chicken soup and dumplings, cabbage and carrots in butter sauce with herbs, and baked apples on the open hearth.
Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non-Members in advance
$30 for ALL walk-ins, space permitting
SATURDAY APRIL 4 (3:30 PM-7:30 PM)

Meatless Class/Vegetarian Options
Meat was a luxury in the 19th century so prepare and enjoy a “Wishmeat” meal of kush, cabbage and carrots in herbed butter sauce, okra soup, asparagus vinaigrette, hominy, and apple custard pie.
Cost: $20 Members / $25 Non-Members in advance
$30 for ALL walk-ins, space permitting
SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2009 (11 AM—2:30 PM)

Gentry Class/Plantation Big House Cooking
Prepare a special meal reflective of Montgomery County’s tobacco planter class. Eaten by candlelight, meal consists of French rolls, baked Madeira ham, asparagus vinaigrette, cabbage and carrots in herbed butter sauce, rabbit soup or beef boulli, apple custard pie and fresh peas and spinach with eggs.
Cost: $30 Members / $35 Non-Members in advance
$40 for ALL walk-ins, space permitting
SUNDAY APRIL 5 (3:30 PM-8:30 PM)

(Members are those belonging to the Menare Foundation and Montgomery County Historical Society)

Reservations required and can be made by calling 301-442-5021 or emailing mtwitty@afrofoodways.com. Walk-ins admitted for slight premium, space permitting. 3-hour classes include time for clean-up & recycling.

To learn more about African American heritage cooking, please visit http://www.afrofoodways.com
The Menare Foundation Inc’s Button Farm Living History Center and CSA can be found at http://www.menare.org

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