Monday, April 13, 2015


Rules for Eating: Culinary Philosophies from J. J. Rousseau to Michael Pollan -- with Rachel Laudan

As America's de facto food philosopher, Michael Pollan has laid down a set of rules for eating wisely with the aim of helping consumers navigate food choices in our globalized, postmodern world. His are simply the latest in the literature of food credos that go back as far as there are human records. The history of food can be seen as the competition between interest groups seeking to promote their particular moral, political, economic, or environmental beliefs via rules for eating. Rachel Laudan will examine the conflicting and competing rules for cooking and eating propounded by romantic, republican, and other modern culinary philosophers with the goal of helping us to understand issues at stake in contemporary food politics.

A reception will precede the lecture with foods reflecting different culinary philosophies, among them: wild and foraged foods (mushrooms baked in tarts), simple, "honest" foods (roasted beef canapés), and nonviolent foods (raw vegetable crudités).

Rachel Laudan received a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from University College London in 1974 and for 20 years taught at universities in the United States and Australia. In 1996, she left academia, moved to Mexico, and changed her research to the history and politics of food. Her book The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage won the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Jane Grigson/Julia Child Award for Distinguished Food Scholarship, and she is the recipient of the Sophie Coe Prize in Food History for her investigations into the origins of French haute cuisine. Her latest book, Cuisine and Empire, is the story of the rise and fall of the world's great cuisines.

Location: NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, 411 Lafayette St, 5th floor (between West 4th and Astor Place)
Time: 6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
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Save the date: Thursday, May 21, Ursula Heinzelmann, The History of Cheese in Germany

Thursday, March 19, 2015


The Complicated Relationship Between Jews and Pork -- with Jeffrey Yoskowitz

The Jewish people have had a long, antagonistic, relationship with pigs and their forbidden white meat. For thousands of years, the prohibition against eating pork separated the Jewish community from its neighbors and was fodder for anti-Semitism in Europe. In contemporary Israel, where it remains illegal for the most part to raise pigs, the rise of pork consumption offers a snapshot of a nation grappling to reconcile tradition with modernity.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz will examine the nuanced and symbolic relationship between Jews and pork, offering insight into Jewish identity past and present. He will explore how prohibition evolved into a full-fledged taboo that some Jews have eaten around by creating a tradition of kosher cured meats mimicking regional pork specialties.

The reception will feature a selection of specialties that are pork-free, but tell part of the story of Jewish adaptation in a swine-centric world.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-owner of The Gefilteria in Brooklyn, is a writer on Jewish food and culture whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, Tablet, and Meatpaper. He has written widely on Jews and pork, and specifically on Israels underground pork industry; his first book, The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, will be published in 2016.

Location: 7 West 83rd Street (between Central Park West and Columbus)
Time: 6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
Fee: $25 CHNY and Rodeph Sholom Members | $22 CHNY and Rodeph Sholom Senior Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests | $10 students with ID

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Save the date: Mon., 4/13, Rachel Laudan, Romantics, Republicans, and Other Culinary Philosophers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The History and Ritual of Brunch -- with Farha Ternikar

Whether a laid-back Sunday meal of coddled eggs, champagne and orange juice, or a gendered, class-based conflict, the American brunch packs a load of social and cultural history between English muffins. Brunch has become a modern meal of leisure, but its history is far from restful; this meals past is lively and fraught with tension.

Professor Farha Ternikar will discuss the history of the modern brunch as a culinary event and as a mirror of culture. She will explore the socioeconomic conflicts that brunch brings to the surface, with a view into the dining rooms, verandas, and kitchens where it has been prepared, served, and enjoyed.

A reception will precede the talk with brunch foods, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers.

Farha Ternikar is an associate professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where she teaches Food and Culture, Gender and Society, and the Sociology of Food. Her book Brunch: A History (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014) is a global and social history of brunch in the United States, Western Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. Her research was included in the 201213 exhibition Lunch Hour at the New York Public Library.

The New School, Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street, Room B500, New York, NY 10003

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

$25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Senior Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests | $10 students with ID | FREE New School students and faculty.

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Save the date: March 19, Jeffrey Yoskowitz, The Complex Relationship of Pigs and Jews

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet -- with Amy Bentley

The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

Is it true that breast is best? Did the development of commercial baby food in mid-twentieth century America provide safe and healthy food, freeing mothers to work outside the home, or did it cause the decline of breastfeeding and set the stage for an epidemic of childhood obesity?

No topic is more fraught than what we feed our babies. A complex social activity as well as a question of nutrition, feeding babies is an expression of American notions about science, health, child-rearing practices, and tradition. Amy Bentley will discuss the ways in which commercial baby food shaped the evolution of parental and pediatric care in the mid-twentieth century and the role of such food in helping to establish adult preferences for much of todays highly-processed, calorie dense, and minimally nutritious foods.

A reception with martinis and a 50s-style cocktail party menu will precede the talk. Attendees are welcome to shop The Brooklyn Kitchen with a 10% discount all that day prior to the program.

Amy Bentley is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, where she studies the social, historical, and cultural contexts of food. Her publications include Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet (University of California Press, 2014) and Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity (University of Illinois, 1998). She is Editor of Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. By subway: L to Lorimer, walk north on Lorimer St. (toward Conselyea), four blocks to a right on Meeker, continue to right on Frost St.

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 pm Lecture

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February 26, Farha Ternikar, Brunch

Monday, December 8, 2014


Whiskey Women, with Fred Minnick

The stereotype of the ascot wearing, whiskey-drinking gentleman is well established. But as Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey, tells it, the spirits those mythical gents drank were developed by women, who also invented beer and distillation and owned major brands including Bushmills, Laphroaig and Makers Mark. Fred Minnick will describe the little-known history of the females who transformed the industry, from Mesopotamias first beer brewers and distillers, to rowdy American bootleggers during Prohibition, to todays multi-billion dollar business.

Fred Minnick is a writer and photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky, whose work has appeared in Whisky Magazine and Whisky Advocate. He is the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum and judges the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Whiskies Awards. He often wears an ascot.

A reception before the talk will feature three whiskey womenall New York distillers pouring tastes of their locally made spirits. Please join us for this festive holiday gathering.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th St. between Park Avenue South and Irving Place)
New York, NY 10003

Please note later start time: 7:30 pm Check-in and reception | 8:00 pm Lecture

$25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Senior Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests | $10 Full-time students with ID

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stephen Schmidt, "What We Can Learn from Manuscript Cookbooks" -- co-presented with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street  (click here to buy tickets)

From the middle of the 16th Century to the beginning of the 20th, many women (and a few men) of the English-speaking world compiled recipe collections in bound notebooks. These manuscript cookbooks hold a wealth of information absent from most printed cookbooks, such as clever shortcuts, ingredient substitutions, the types of meals at which dishes were served, and fashionable ways of presenting dishes. Stephen Schmidt will discuss how reading manuscript cookbooks can give us fascinating insights into food trends, styles, and practices of the past. His talk will also touch on the complicated relationship between manuscript cookbooks and printed cookbooks.

Stephen Schmidt is the principal writer and researcher for the Manuscript Cookbooks Survey, a website featuring a database of pre-1865 English-language manuscript cookbooks held in U.S. libraries and other institutions. The project is supported by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.

A festive sampling of old English and American dishes will be served, including a cheese casserole, a mixed vegetable tart, and a celebratory yeast-raised "great cake" weighing twenty pounds.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
421 E 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

6:30 pm Check-in and reception | 7:00 Program

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Thursday, January 29, 2015: “Baby Food,” Amy Bentley


2014-15 Season

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson on Word of Mouth: What We Talk About When We Talk About Food,
Presentation of the Amelia Award to Nach Waxman of Kitchen Arts & Letters
Location: Columbia Maison Francaise

Monday, September 22, 2014
"A Celebration of our Members & Annual Business Meeting"
Presentations on recent work by CHNY members. This year’s speakers: Fran Claro on her book The Macaroni’s in the Basement; Peter Kim, on the Museum of Food and Drink; Renée Marton, on her book Rice: A Global History; and Deborah Prinz, on her book On the Chocolate Trail.
Location: Jimmy's No. 43

2013-14 Season

Monday, June 9, 2014
Jennifer Jensen Wallach, "Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Black Progressive Era Food Reformers and the Case Study of the Tuskegee Institute"
Location: NYU Food Studies NYU Department of Food Studies and Nutrition

Monday, May 19, 2014
George Solt, "The Slurpy, Messy History of Ramen"
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Monday, March 10, 2014
Nick Malgieri, “Sicily and Its Sweets”
Location: Institute of Culinary Education

Monday, February 3, 2014
"Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure" with Samira Kawash
Location: NYU Food Studies

Monday, January 13, 2014
“The Making of Modern American Vegetarianism” with Adam Shprintzen
Location: NYU Food Studies

Monday, December 2, 2013
“Vodka Goes Global” with Patricia Herlihy
Location: Astor Center

Thursday, November 21, 2013
"Cooking and Modern Art" with Mary Ann Caws
Location: National Arts Club

Thursday, October 10, 2013
"Southern Italy and Genoa in the Early History of Pasta: Debunking the Myth of Arab Influence"
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Buccini
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Thursday, September 19, 2013
"A Celebration of Our Members Season Opener plus Annual Business Meeting"
Continuing tradition, we launched our season of culinary history programs with an evening of short presentations on recent work by CHNY members: Jacqueline Newman, recipient of the 2009 Amelia Award, on “Chinese Immigrants and  Cookbooks,” Ewa Ojarovska on “Dining with the Washingtons,” and Peter Rose on “Cooking Historical Recipes with Children.” This year’s featured speaker was India Mandelkern, recipient of the 2012 Scholar’s Grant, speaking on “Dining and Taste-making in 18th-century London.

2012-13 Season

Thursday, May 30, 2013
"Man Bites Dog: What Hot Dogs Tell Us About America"
Speakers: Bruce Kraig and Patty Carroll
Location: Roger Smith Hotel

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
"From Borscht to Bliny"
Speaker: Darra Goldstein
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
"Good to Think and Good to Eat: Symbolic Cannibalism and Edible Springtime Rites"
Speaker: Gary Allen
Location: NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
"From Soup to Dessert: The History and Culture of Turkish Yogurt"
Speaker: Aylin Öney Tan
Location: Turkish Cultural Center

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
"Beer Before 1820: The Flavorful Cornucopia of Early American Brews"
Speakers: Joe & Dennis Fisher
Program included presentation of the 2012 Amelia Award to Andrew F. Smith

Monday, December 3, 2012
"Armagnac: From Ancient Egypt to Gascony"
Speaker: David Lincoln Ross
Location: Astor Center

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
"Ancestral Pots and Cucharamamas: A Personal Journey Through Latin American Cooking"
Speaker: Maricel Presilla
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Culinary Historians of New York in partnership with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden presents
"Apples Far and Near: From Prehistory to Modern Genome Projects"
Speakers: Elizabeth Ryan, Anne Mendelson, and Erik Baard
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A Celebration of Our Members: 2012-13 Season Opener and Annual Members Meeting
This year’s featured speaker is Arno Schmidt, former executive chef of the Waldorf-Astoria, on “Dining in New York.” Other speakers will include Sunny Allaire-Graham on “Networks of Recipe Sharing in Early Modern England,” Elizabeth Field on “Marmalade,” and Kara Newman on her forthcoming book, The Secret Financial Life of Food.
Location: Greenwich House Music School

2011-12 Season

Thursday, May 31, 2012
"9000 Years of Cheese: Fermenting Religion, Climate Change, and the Environment"
Speaker: Paul Kindstedt
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
"Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms"
Speaker: Eugenia Bone
Location: Jimmy's No. 43

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
"Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe: The Early Years of Gourmet: The Magazine of Good Living"
Speaker: David Strauss
Location: National Arts Club

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
"The Cookbook Family Tree"
Speaker: Anne Willan
Location: Astor Center

Monday, March 19, 2012
"Bread: A Global History"
Speaker: William Rubel
Location: Roger Smith Hotel

Monday, February 13, 2012
"The Baking Powder Revolution: Creating an Edible American Identity"
Speaker: Linda Civitello
Location: Roger Smith Hotel

Thursday, January 26, 2012
"Feeding Gotham: New York City Markets, 1790–1860"
Speaker: Gergely Baics
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
"'For the Accommodation of the Ladies': Gender & Public Dining in 19th C. New York"
Speaker: Cindy R. Lobel
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Thursday, November 10, 2011
"The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women"
Speaker: Janice Bluestein Longone
and Presentation of 2011 Amelia Award to Janice Bluestein Longone
Location: New York Public Library

Thursday, October 6, 2011
Speaker: "Paula Wolfert: The Food of Morocco"
Location: International Culinary Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011
"A Celebration of Our Members and Annual Business Meeting"
Judith Weinraub on her oral history project for the Fales Library Food Studies Collection, “Voices from the Food Revolution: Conversations with people who’ve changed the way we think about food.”
Nathalie Herling, on cooking in clay cookware, focusing on her work with women in Colombia and their clay cookware tradition that dates back to Pre-Colombian times.
Kim Sorensen, 2010 CHNY Scholar’s Grant recipient, talking about her research on the carved mahogany cake boards used to raise designs on New Year’s Cakes in early nineteenth century New York.
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

2010-11 Season

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
"The Food of Spain: A Most Intricate Gastronomic Tapestry"
Speaker: Claudia Roden
Location: Queen Sofia Spanish Institute

Thursday, June 16, 2011
"Reconstructing Historic Royal Kitchens"
Speaker: Marc Meltonville, Food Historian, Historic Royal Palaces, England
Location: Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"Starving the South - New York in the Civil War" with Farm City Chautauqua at 61 Local
Speaker: Andrew F. Smith
Location: 61 Local

Monday, March 14, 2011
"In Search of the Bloody Mary"
Speaker: Jeffrey Pogash
Location: Astor Center

Thursday, February 17, 2011
"Cantonese Cooking Schools: Transmitting Knowledge and Transforming Cuisine"
Speaker: Willa Zhen
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
"The Edible History of an Immigrant Ghetto"
Speaker: Jane Ziegelman
Location: French Culinary Institute

Monday, December 13, 2010
"The Spirited Whey: Monastic Traditions in Liqueurs and Cheeses"
A lecture and tasting with CHNY members Kara Newman & Diana Pittet
Location: National Arts Club

Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: In Search of the Food of the Jews of France"
Speaker: Joan Nathan
Location: Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A Special CHNY Evening
"Heirloom Seeds and Heritage Breeds: How Our Agricultural Past Informs the Way We Eat Today"
A Tribute to Betty Fussell: Indefatigable Cook, Writer, Researcher, and Culinary Trailblazer

Betty Fussell, iconic American food historian and author of numerous books, received the 2010 Amelia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Culinary History.  A member of CHNY for over two decades, Betty has been at the forefront of culinary issues, receiving the first IACP Jane Grigson Award in 1993 for "The Story of Corn" and the James Beard Foundation Award for Journalism for "American Prime" (2008), and she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2009.  In honor of Betty's many contributions to food and gastronomy, CHNY is presenting a lively panel discussion on a subject she has championed throughout her career.

Culinary history is being re-lived today as the seeds and breeds of yesteryear are appearing in farmers' markets and gardens around the country.  How is our agricultural past shaping the way we are eating today?  What is the future of heirloom seeds and heritage breeds in the modern agricultural landscape?  What lessons have been learned from large-scale commercial agriculture?  Join the discussion about foods that are once again sprouting up around the country.

Panelists:  Patrick Martins, Founder of Slow Food USA and co-founder of Heritage Foods; Diane Ott Whealy, Co-founder and Vice President of Education of the Seed Savers Exchange; and Judith LaBelle, President, Glynwood.
Moderator: Karin Endy, Chair of The Culinary Trust and owner of Edible Resources, a consulting company assisting non-profits and food companies with education and sustainability matters. 

Location: Astor Center

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"Season Opener: A Celebration of Our Members IV and Annual Business Meeting"
Ellen Schnepel, CHNY Scholar’s Grant recipient, on her research on “The Cooking of History: Early Travelogues as Gastronomic Adventure," focusing on chocolate
Joelle Mahony, on sugar confectionary techniques used during the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI
Laura Weiss, on her new book “Ice Cream: A Global History”
Renée Marton, on “Rice in Colonial America: The Birth of an Industry”
Rynn Berry, on his new book “Becoming Raw: An Essential Guide to Vegan Raw Food Diets”
Susan Yager, on her recent book “The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight”
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

2009-10 Season

Thursday, June 10, 2010
"Harlem’s Skill: Senses and Sensibility in Uptown Manhattan"
Speaker: Damian Mosley
Location: NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Culinary Historians of New York in partnership with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
"'I scream, you scream…': The History of Ice Cream Making"
Speaker: Jeri Quinzio
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Thursday, April 29, 2010
A Joint Presentation of the Culinary Historians of New York and the National Arts Club
"Gastronomy in the Still-life Paintings of Luis Meléndez"
Speaker: Gillian Riley
Location: National Arts Club

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
"Chinese Food in America: Perspectives on the Changing Foodways in America's Chinatowns and Her Heartlands"
A panel discussion moderated by Andy Coe, author of the James Beard-nominated Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in America and featuring Jessica Chien, born and raised in Taiwan and now a pastry chef and food blogger (writing in Chinese for Chinese visitors to the New York area at; Kian Lam Kho, a cooking teacher and blogger (writing in English for an American audience at, born and raised in Singapore; Jeffrey Chuang, born in Oxford, Mississippi and raised eating Chinese food in Ohio without access to a regular supply of soy sauce; and Stephanie Wang-Breal, an American-born documentary film maker whose award-winning Wo Ai Ni Mommy explores cultural issues between China and America. Listen to the podcast here (note: audio file is large and may load slowly)
A Tribute to Jacqueline Newman, Chinese-American Culinary Ambassador Extraordinaire, recipient of the 2009 Amelia Award for lifetime achievement in culinary history
Location: Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)

Monday, February 8, 2010
"Wine's Best Kept Secret: Authentic Sherry"
Speaker: Linda Lawry, DWS
Location: International Wine Center

Thursday, January 21, 2010
"How Fat Became a Four-Letter Word"
Speaker: Jennifer McLagan
Location: Jimmy's No. 43

Thursday, December 3, 2009
“Joyful Traditions: How the Dutch St. Nicholas Celebration Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Holiday Treats”
Speaker: Peter G. Rose
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
“Is There a Midwestern Cuisine? Culinary Identities of the American Heartland:
Fish Boils, Fish Fries, the Cudighi and Runza, Ohio Mango, the Coney and Big Baby”
Speaker: Bruce Kraig
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"A Celebration of Our Members III and Annual Business Meeting"
Speakers: CHNY Members
-- Megan Elias, 2007 CHNY Scholar’s Grant recipient, on her research on “Cooking the Books: Nationalism, Regionalism, and American Cookbooks, 1865–1917.”
-- Francine Segan, editor of the encyclopedia Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl (Greenwood, 2008), will introduce Entertaining and the CHNY members who contributed: Diana Pittet on the history of the cheese course; Ammini Ramachandran on Indian foods; and Ellen Schnepel on chocolate.
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

2008-09 Season

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"Ethnicity and American Restaurants"
Speaker: Krishnendu Ray
Location: NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"TV Dinners: A History of Television Cooking Shows"
Speaker: Kathleen Collins
Location: Astor Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
"When Aging Is Good: The History and Art of Great Beef"
Speaker: Betty Fussell
Location: DeBragga and Spitler

Thursday, March 12, 2009
"The Taste of Sweet"
Speaker: Joanne Chen
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
"Pork Bellies: The Secret Financial Life of Your Food"
Speaker: Kara Newman
Location: Jimmy's No. 43

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"America's Kitchens"
Speaker: Nancy Carlisle
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"The Raw Milk Wars"
Speaker: Anne Mendelson
Location: National Arts Club

Monday, November 17, 2008
"The Tomato Queen of San Joaquin"
Speaker: Ken Albala
Location: Horticultural Society of New York

Monday, October 20, 2008
CHNY in conjunction with Astor Center present:
"Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee"
Speaker: Bee Wilson
Location: Astor Center

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"A Celebration of Our Members II" and Annual Meeting
The members giving presentations included:
Jesse Browner, "The Uncertain Hour" (his novel about ancient Rome; Bloomsbury, 2007);
Marion Nestle, "Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine" (University of California Press, September 2008);
Jacqueline Newman, "Cooking from China's Fujian Province" (Hippocrene Books, August 2008);
Lara Rabinovich, "Pastrami and the City: Romanian Jewish Immigrants in Early 20th Century New York";
Francine Segan, "Opera Lover's Cookbook" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006); and
Pat Willard, "America Eats: On the Road with the WPA" (Bloomsbury, July 2008).
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

2007-08 Season

Thursday, June 5, 2008
"George Washington Carver:  Botanist, Teacher, Inventor, and—Cookbook Writer?"
Speaker: Elizabeth M. Simms, Winner of the 2006 CHNY Scholar's Grant
Location: International Wine Center

Monday, May 5, 2008
"Dates in Medieval Baghdad: Sweet Eats to Heady Drinks"
(presented in association with the National Arts Club’s Culinary Arts Committee)
Speaker: Nawal Nasrallah
Location: National Arts Club

Thursday, April 17, 2008
"Lisbon and Spices: Transforming the World's Culinary Horizons"
Speaker: Michael Krondl
Location: Astor Center

Thursday, March 13, 2008
"The History of Chop Suey in America"
Speaker: Andrew Coe
Location: Grand Harmony Restaurant

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"The Olympia Oyster"
Speaker: Jon Rowley
Location: Moore Brothers Wines

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
"Refined Cuisine or Just Plain Cooking? Moralists in the Kitchen"
Speaker: Rachel Laudan
Location: Astor Center

Monday, December 17, 2007
"The Spectacular Failure of Prohibition in New York City"
Speaker: Michael Lerner
Location: International Wine Center

Monday, November 26, 2007
"Molecular Gastronomy and the Role of Science in the Kitchen: The Past, Present, and Future of 'Scientific Cooking"
A conversation with Hervé This and Mitchell Davis
Location: Astor Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2007
"Bones of Retention: Exploring the Prehistory of the Human Diet"
Speaker: Andrew Sillen
Location: Greenwich House Music School

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
"A Celebration of Our Members"
The members giving presentations included:
Rynn Berry, “The History of Vegetarian Restaurants”;
Carolina Capehart, "Fireside Feasts: Early 1800s Culinary Adventures”;
Bunny Crumpacker, The Sex Life of Food (St. Martin’s Press, 2006);
Zilkia Janer, Latino American Food Culture (Greenwood Press, forthcoming);
Cathy Kaufman, Cooking in Ancient Civilizations (Greenwood Press, 2006);
Elizabeth Knight, Tea in the City: New York (Benjamin Press, 2006);
Alexandra Leaf; Ammini Ramachandran, Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconut (iUniverse, 2007); and
Francine Segan, The Opera Lover’s Cookbook (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006).
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

2006-07 Season

Monday, June 4, 2007
"Appalachian Food"
Speaker: Mark F. Sohn, Ph.D.
Location: Moore Brothers Wines

Wednesday, May 9, 2007
"A Cultural History of Artisan Cheesemaking in America"
Speaker: Paul S. Kindstedt, Ph.D., Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, University of Vermont
Location: Artisanal Premium Cheese Center

Saturday, April 21, 2007
"America Eats" Symposium
Culinary Historians of New York is thrilled to present an all-day symposium investigating American foodways during the Depression and World War II, inspired by the Works Project Administration’s unfinished “America Eats” project.  The mission of the project—abandoned at the outset of World War II—was to document local and regional foodways through extensive field research and interviews of participants at food events from church suppers and clambakes to barbecues and holiday meals.  The luscious diversity of community meals, especially in rural enclaves, is served up in these typewritten documents that were relegated to scattered and forgotten archives when the project was abandoned that are only now being plumbed by scholars to help understand American food of the 1930s and ‘40s.  Many of the documents have yet to be located, and the final session of the symposium will attempt to create an action plan for ferreting out still-hidden remnants of the America Eats project to preserve primary source materials for current and future food scholars.

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"America Eats" Symposium Schedule of Events and Speakers:
9:30-10:15  Registration and coffee
10:15-10:30  Opening remarks
10:30-12:30  Panel discussion and Q & A by Elizabeth Alsop, Pat Willard, Charles Camp, and Anne Mendelson, all food scholars who have worked extensively with primary source "America Eats" documents
12:30-1:30  Buffet lunch of foods featured in the "America Eats" archives
1:30-1:45  Presentation of CHNY Amelia Award to internationally-recognized food scholar Barbara Ketcham Wheaton
1:45-3:30  Panel discussion and Q&A by Amy Bentley, Annie Hauck-Lawson, Joanne Lamb Hayes, all scholars on American food of the Depression and WWII, moderated by Cara De Silva
3:30-4:00  Group discussion for finding and preserving hidden "America Eats" materials
Location: Institute of Culinary Education

March 5, 2007
"In Pursuit of Tea"
Speaker: Sebastian Beckwith, Owner (Visit the In Pursuit of Tea website)
Location: National Arts Club

February 7, 2007
"Chocolate Past and Present: A Cultural History"
Speaker: Alexandra Leaf
Location: Institute of Culinary Education

January 9, 2007
"Absinthe, A Dark Tale"
Speaker: Dr. David Weir
Location: International Wine Center

December 12, 2006
"Gingerbread Houses - Crumbs of History: A Little Trivia and a Little Technique"
Speaker: Joanne Lamb Hayes
Location: Chelsea Market, Main Floor Exhibition Room

November 16, 2006
Thanksgiving Program - "A Tale of Two Books: Giving Thanks for Colonial Food History"
Speaker: Sandra Oliver, Editor of Food History News
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

October 26, 2006
"Guilty Pleasures: The History of Fast Food"
Speaker: Andrew F. Smith
Location: NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health

September 27, 2006
"A Brief History of Apicius in Italy"
Speakers: Sally Grainger, Christopher Grocock, Ken Albala
Location: French Culinary Institute, Culinary Amphitheater

September 19, 2006
Fall Cocktail Reception and Annual Meeting
Special Presentation: "The History of the Cocktail" by Allen Katz
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, Faculty Dining Hall

2005-06 Season

June 7, 2006
"Dining with Don Quixote"
Speaker: Janet Mendel
Location: Instituto Cervantes of New York

May 10, 2006
"History of the American Whiskey Rebellion"
Speaker: William Hogeland (click here for more information on the book)
Location: Greenwich House Music School

April 26, 2006
SPECIAL BOOK EVENT - "Washoku: Recipes from a Japanese Kitchen"
Speaker: Elizabeth Andoh
Location: Institute of Culinary Education

April 3, 2006
"Spices and the Medieval Culinary Aesthetic"
Speaker: Paul Freedman, medieval social historian and Chairman of the History Department at Yale University
Location: National Arts Club

March 13, 2006
"Fish on Friday: How Fish Eating Changed History"
Speaker: Brian Fagan
Location: South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery

February 23, 2006
"The Dark Side of Rum"
Speakers: Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller
Location: New York University, Steinhardt School of Education

January 31, 2006
"Gastronomy and Gluttony in Early Modern China"
Speaker: Joanna Waley-Cohen
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

December 5, 2005
"Dining With The Gods: A Lecture, Viewing and Tasting of the Culinary Culture of Ancient Greece"
Speaker: Andrew Dalby
Location: Sotheby's Institute of Art

November 17, 2005
Panel Discussion - "The History and Impact of Restaurant Reviews on the New York Dining Scene"
Mitchell Davis, James Beard Foundation
Michael Batterberry, editor-in-chief/publisher Food Arts
Bob Lape, restaurant reviewer
William Grimes, former New York Times restaurant reviewer
Gael Greene, food writer-at-large, New York magazine
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

October 27, 2005
"Some Like it Hot: A History of the World's Hottest Cuisines"
Speaker: Clifford Wright
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

September 13, 2005
"A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America"
Speaker: James E. McWilliams
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

2004-05 Season

June 9, 2005
"The History and Pre-History of Pigs"
Speaker: Peter Kaminsky, author of Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine (click here for more information on the book)
Location: French Culinary Institute, Culinary Amphitheater

April 21, 2005
"Fresh from the Past: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders' Kitchen: Writing Culinary History with 18th Century Cookbooks"
Speaker: Sandra Sherman
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

April 5, 2005
"Candy Bars and the Birth of the American Spirit"
Speaker: Steve Almond, Author of CandyFreak (click here for more information on the book)
Location: Dylan's Candy Bar

March 9, 2005
"Foods of New York"
Speaker: Arthur Schwartz
Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

March 31, 2005
"Apicius: New 21st Century Translation"
Speakers: Sally Grainger & Dr. Chris Grocock
Location: New York Academy of Medicine

February 17, 2005
"The Good Soup Comes from the Good Earth... West African Food Culture"
Speaker: Fran Osseo-Asare
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

January 18, 2005
"The Wine & Food of 17th Century Jewish Mystics: How to Feast like an Ancient Kabbalist"
Speaker: Alan Brill
Location: Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

December 14, 2004
HOLIDAY PARTY - "Punch: A Brief History of the Monarch of Mixed Drinks"
Speaker: Mixology Historian Dave Wondrich
Location: National Arts Club

November 9, 2004
"A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances"
Speaker: Author Laura Schenone (click here for more information on the book)
Location: Park Avenue United Methodist Church

October 19, 2004
PUBLICATION CELEBRATION for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America
  (click here for more information on the book)
2:45 pm - 6:00 pm Symposium
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception
Location: Institute of Culinary Education

October 13, 2004
"Something from the Oven"
Speaker: Author Laura Shapiro on how the food industry of the 1940's and 50's tried to revolutionize the kitchen and how women fought back, based on her book, Something From The Oven
Location: Goldman Associates Luxury Showroom

Monday, September 20, 2004
"New Hampshire: A Study in Agricultural and Culinary Innovation"
Speaker: Helen Brody
Location: The Culinary Loft

2003-04 Season

Wednesday, June 9, 2004
"Cooking for Kings: A Restauration Comedy"
Starring: Ian Kelly, actor and author of Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carême, the First Celebrity Chef
Location: Vintage Wine Cellar

Tuesday, May 11, 2004
"New York City's Greenmarkets: A History and Inside View"
Richard Ruben, cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and author of The Farmer’s Market Cookbook.
Barry Benepe, founder of Greenmarket in New York City
Amy Nicholson, third generation family farmer, Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva, NY
Dan Barber, chef/owner of Blue Hill Restaurant, NYC
Location: Earth Pledge Foundation, The Carriage House

Monday, April 26, 2004
"Ekiben: A Culinary Train Tour of Japan"
Speaker: Elizabeth Andoh
Location: Horticultural Society of New York