Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley

Dedicated to the Promotion and Understanding of Food History

Cooking Classes

 

Are you teaching a period cooking class?

Do you know of one in your area?

Send us the information so that we can post it here.

Hearth Cooking classes and demonstrations are generally held in the cooler

Fall/Winter and Spring/early Summer months

 

Contact the sponsoring organization for further details and registration information—

before heading to an event!

 

2017-2018—Cooking Classes/Workshops:

 

Guidelines for ALL Cooking classes and Workshops:

Plan to wear clothing made from natural fibers, as you will be around open flames.  These include cotton, linen, and wool.  Stay away from garments containing polyester, nylon, acrylic and Lycra.  ALSO—suggested that you wear closed-toed SHOES.

 

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Sept. 8-10 (3 days) - ”At the Georgian Dinner Table”

Open Hearth cooking & Bake oven/Bake kettle Class—Instructor—Niel De Marino—At Historic Eastfield Village, Nassau, NY; sponsored by the Historic Eastfield Foundation. A cooking class focusing on open hearth, the brick wall oven and cast iron bake kettle methods.  Advance registration required, fees apply.  Class size is limited to 8 students. The Historic Eastfield Foundation offers many other workshops, including masonry, blacksmithing, textile skills, and others.  For more information: www.historiceastfield.org  - see “Workshops” for complete information and registration.     

 

October 7—10am-4pm—Open Hearth Cooking Class

Open hearth class at home of Mercy Ingraham, Hulmeville, PA .  Theme and menu can be chosen to meet the needs and interests of the students, who prepare a lunch of soup, bread & cheese; a main dish is prepared and cooked over the fire and shared when completed.  Students learn by using period receipts and equipment; cost: $60.00/pp - pre-registration required.  For more information or to register, contact Mercy at 215-757-4397 or email her at: mercyingraham@gmail.com—www.openhearthcook.com

 

October 14—10am-4:30pm—“Cooking a Meal in a Fire-Pit”

Historic Fallsington, Fallsington, PA—program leader—Clarissa Dillon.  For more information, registration and fees, contact Clarissa at 610-642-4269.

 

October 21, 2018—10:30am-4pm Hearth Cooking Class

Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, NJ.  Susan McLellan Plaisted will lead participants in preparing a full meal on the open hearth using period equipment, ingredients and receipts, then share the prepared meal together.  Fee $60pp, prepaid registration required. Class size is limited.  For more information and registration, email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net or call 973-285-6537

  

October 28—9:30am-2:30pm—Hearth Cooking Workshop

“Preparing a Mid-Autumn Meal” -  at The 1696 Thomas Massey House, Broomall, PA—program leader—Clarissa Dillon.  Cook and enjoy a mid-Autumn meal using period receipts and equipment.  Participants will eat what they helped make; cost: $35.00 per person, pre-registration required.  For more information, contact Clarissa at 610-642-4269.

 

October 28—10am-4pmBeginning Hearth Cooking*

Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA—Learn to employ 18th century cooking techniques and receipts to create period dishes.  Cook over the open hearth with period equipment, tour the Manor house and meet other food enthusiasts.  Registration includes all materials and lunch; fee—$125 non-member, $100.00 Friends of Gunston Hall. More info: 703-550-9220—www.gunstonhall.org 

 

October 29—10am-4pmIntermediate Hearth Cooking*

Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA—Beginning Hearth Cooking experience strongly recommended!  Learn advanced 18th century cooking techniques and receipts to create period dishes.  Cook over the open hearth with period equipment, tour the Manor house and meet other food enthusiasts.  Registration includes all materials and lunch; fee—$125 non-member, $100.00 Friends of Gunston Hall. More info: 703-550-9220—www.gunstonhall.org    *Reduced fee TWO DAY REGISTRATION available for the Oct 28-29 classes—MUST register by phone to receive discount.

 

November 5—10am-4pm—Open Hearth Cooking Class

Open hearth class at home of Mercy Ingraham, Hulmeville, PA .  Theme and menu can be chosen to meet the needs and interests of the students, who prepare a lunch of soup, bread & cheese; a main dish is prepared and cooked over the fire and shared when completed.  Students learn by using period receipts and equipment; cost: $60.00/pp - pre-registration required.  For more information or to register, contact Mercy at 215-757-4397 or email her at: mercyingraham@gmail.com—www.openhearthcook.com

 

November 11—10am-4pmFall Hearth Cooking Class

Bolton Mansion, 85 Holly Dr., Levittown, PA.  The Author of “Imagining Ichabod-My Journey into 18th C. America through History, Food and a Georgian House” and speaker for the Nov. 12 HFSDV Annual Meeting, Paula Bennett, will be participating in this class with Susan McLellan Plaisted.  Class is for both novice and experienced hearth cooks; you will prepare an 18th C. dinner and dine in style.  Fee $70pp, (20% discount for current HSFDV members: $56pp); prepaid registration required. Class size is limited.  Send check or money order made payable to “Heart to Hearth Cookery” - mail to Susan McLellan Plaisted, PO Box 1162, Morrisville, PA 19067.  Questions or further info, contact Susan  at - www.hearttohearthcookery.com  

 

November 18, 2018 —10am-3pmOpen Hearth Cooking Workshop

Peachfield Plantation, 180 Burrs Rd., Westampton, NJ.  Margaret Quinn will use period receipts, and equipment to apply cooking methods on the open hearth, as she instructs participants in preparing a multi-dish meal.  Learn the fundamentals of open hearth cooking and how to interpret an 18th century receipt.  Copies of period receipts used in class will be provided to participants.  A full menu and list of what you should bring will be provided upon paid registration.  Fee:  $45.00 per person—Prepaid registration required, space limited.  More info: 609-267-6996—

http://www.colonialdamesnj.org/events

 

March 3, 2018—10am-4pm Hearth Cooking Class

Bouman-Stickney Farmhouse, 114 Dreahook Rd., Lebanon, NJ (near Whitehouse Station, NJ).  Susan McLellan Plaisted will lead participants in preparing Dutch ‘receipts’ of the 17th and 18th C. and share their prepared Dutch meal.  Fee $70pp, prepaid registration required. Class size is limited.  Send check or money order made payable to “Heart to Hearth Cookery” - mail to Susan McLellan Plaisted, PO Box 1162, Morrisville, PA 19067.  Questions or further info, contact Susan at - www.hearttohearthcookery.com  

 

March 18, 2018 —2pm-4pmOpen Hearth Cooking Demonstration

Peachfield Plantation, 180 Burrs Rd., Westampton, NJ.  Margaret Quinn will use period receipts and cooking methods on the open hearth, as she illustrates ways food was prepared in Colonial days.  Participants will enjoy sampling light refreshments.  Admission: $15pp, prepaid registration required, space limited.  More info: 609-267-6996 -

http://www.colonialdamesnj.org/events/

 

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IF you are traveling and/or looking for a cooking class check out these websites:

 

 

 

Website link of interest for Cooking Classes:

http://historiccookingschool.com/historic-cooking-classes/

Cooking Hearth

Craven Hall—2015

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