Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley

Dedicated to the Promotion and Understanding of Food History

Welcome to the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley


The purpose of the Historic Foodways Society is to encourage educational programs and networking opportunities;  to accomplish this goal, we will provide information through this website on a variety of programs on food traditions, cultures and practices, both historical and contemporary, and related subjects. 


Please check out the HFSDV Programs, Calendar of Events and Classes pages for interesting programs, workshops and classes.

Contact Us:


UPDATES to the Website will generally be posted monthly —please submit information to one of the emails below as early as information is available for publication.  



           Through the Website email:  info@historicfoodways.org


             If you need to contact the Webmaster directly, email:  susan.luczu@yahoo.com

If food is your passion then this is the place for you!  The Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley (HFSDV) is a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to the promotion and understanding of food and its place and contributions in history.  Members are food lovers who wish to share, not only their love of food, but their passion with other like minded folks.  Focusing mainly on 17th through the 19th century cooking,  the Foodways Society sponsors programs throughout the year including visits and lectures to historic sites as well as our Annual Meeting held each November. 

The Society provides its members with informational programs four times a year, a quarterly newsletter, and an opportunity for people who are interested in culinary culture to gather and learn from experts and from each other.  Many historic sites throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been hosts for our meetings and have helped to advance our understanding of foodways from the perspective of the host site, its cultural surroundings, and local food traditions. 

“Sacred Sweets Program”


An assortment of  “Sweet” goodies we sampled

At Pottsgrove Manor, Pottstown, PA

Photo courtesy of Lou Luczu

 Fall  2018

Next HFSDV Program:


September 23, 2018: 


Let’s Churn, Clarify and Chew the Fat”

Stories behind our long love affair with butter and ghee

And our short flirtation with margarine and Crisco


    Location:  Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor’s Center

                         Washington Crossing, PA


See “HFSDV—News and Programs” page for details

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Updated Aug. 9, 2018


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Susan Luczu—Webmaster—2014-2018