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Enfield Shaker Museum: A Study of the Past Through Food

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (October 5, 2009)

On Saturday, October 24, the Enfield Shaker Museum, once the home of the Enfield Shakers, known for their exceptional culinary herbs, meals, and agricultural products, is hosting an all-day culinary history symposium and an official New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Growers’ dinner designed and prepared by the Hanover Lebanon Co-op Stores head Chef Jason Dacier.

Entitled, “A Study of the Past Through Food,” the event features two nationally known keynote speakers who are noted experts in their fields.  A bio of all symposium speakers can be found here along with a detailed schedule.

Sandra Oliver

In her talk titled, “Every Recipe Has a Genealogy,” Sandra Oliver, former editor/publisher of Food History News and co-author of Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, will argue the importance of family recipes as a source of social, cultural, and environmental studies.

In her presentation titled “Back to the Future with Small Scale Dairy Farming,” Anne Mendelson, author of the book Milk, The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages and contributing editor to Gourmet magazine, will focus on the revival of the small scale dairy. mendelso_schneider-1

After the Oliver talk, there will be a panel discussion featuring experts on oral history, correspondence, recipes, and methods.

After the Mendelson talk, a panel discussion on the return to the marketplace of the local cheesemaker and milk producer will be lead by John Porter who is the co-author of The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry, and is currently the University of New Hampshire Co-operative Extension Professor Emeritus, and dairy specialist.
The day ends with one of four official New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection Growers’ dinners and will feature the Hanover-Lebanon Co-Op Food Stores’ Head Chef Jason Dacier and the products of ten New Hampshire farms (menu and details).

Entrance fees to the two events are separate. The fee for the symposium of $75 includes all activities and a box lunch. Fee for the New Hampshire Growers’ dinner is $40 for symposium participants, $45 for museum members, and $50 for all others.

For questions contact Helen Brody, Program Chair at (603) 252-5299. For additional information and reservations contact Enfield Shaker Museum, (603) 632-4346.

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