Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Culinary Historians of New York
The Hunt for Buried Menus: Digging Up Our Culinary Past
with Henry Voigt
Historical restaurant menus are important cultural records, evidence of how people have dined outside the home over time. They illuminate what people were eating, with whom, and what those people valued. Henry Voigt will share images from his vast collection of menus that reflect American history and serve as an aid to cultural memory. He’ll tell us how and why he collects historical menus and the process that leads him to the discovery of forgotten people, places, and events of the past. He will discuss recent finds, such as two rare menus from the haunts of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, showing the different ways that new material is unearthed. He will also share what we can learn from menus, ranging from symbolic foods of the nineteenth century to the reemergence of vegetarianism in the early twentieth century.
Henry Voigt is one of country’s foremost authorities on American menus. His collection of menus and culinary ephemera dates back to the time when printed menus first began to appear in America. He currently serves on the board of the Ephemera Society and is a member of the Grolier Club, Library Company of Philadelphia, and Delaware Bibliophiles. He maintains the blog TheAmericanMenu.com.
A tasting of dishes from recently discovered menus will follow the presentation.
Location: Anthroposophical Society of America
138 West 15th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
New York, NY 10011
Time: 6:30 pm | Lecture followed by reception
Fee: EARLY REGISTRATION: $22 for CHNY Members and Senior Members who register before May 29.
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