Monday, September 14, 2020

Ideas for local business pair-ups in virtual talks with museums and tour companies

More and more talks provide the option to buy a box of samples (beer, alcohols, tea) or ingredients to make along with the talk. Starting Oc 9, Plimoth Grist Mill (yes, the one with the Mayflower) will have a virtual mill tour then 3 more dates making cornbread, Indian Pudding and pancakes using its cornmeal, which can be picked up or shipped. It is a great way to support small businesses, and small businesses (ie. cheese shop; tea shop) are even presenting virtual talks.

There are several series this month not on my original Sept. calendar list, plus 25 new talks. The Masterworks of Japanese Tea Culture discusses one tea service object in each of its six 75 min. sessions, held by the Nikkei National Museum in B.C., Canada. The next object is the iron kettle (Se 20) then tea bowls, tea scoop, cold water jar… The British Library’s Food Season has 14 digital events through Oct 20 including Jewish Food, a talk by Claudia Roden and Simon Schama on the Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition in the British Library (Se 21). List of some of the 40+ virtual talks (25 I've just added since Se 1) are below.

Now back to my post subject on tie-ins -

Museums. Many months ago... in May, Princeton University Art Museum promoted a specially designed menu from a downtown Princeton restaurant La Mezzaluna for pickup and wine pairings from next door Public Wine, Beer and Spirits to enjoy with their talk "Food and Drink in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art.I wrote at the time - What a great idea! Coming up on Oct 4, the Getty Museum will host "Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo," which includes a list of wine and food to buy locally and enjoy while watching.

Beer. By the end of July breweries were shown as parts of a talk, or the focus, such as "Women brewing beer in Rwanda" or the Allagash Brewing Co (uses old Italian wine jars for one of its beers) in an installment of PennMuseum series "Ancient Alcohol tour and beer tasting" during which Philly Loves Beer curated a six pack of beers (with clever beer drinking games) at the end of Aug.  

Order items before talk. Not only pickups of alcohol, but packages of ingredients to make-along, samples to taste and even equipment are made available to order from small businesses beforehand.  In a recent talk on Sri Lanka, the pan to make Hoppers could be ordered from Hop and Roll. in England.

Formaggio Kitchen, a cheese and specialties store in Cambridge (Boston MA) has been giving classes and pairings, but now has several talks ("Micro classes") each month on a different cheese (cheddar is the first) with a selection of samples to pick up at the store.  $5 for talk, more for the samples.

Friday Afternoon Tea (shop in Seattle WA) has done numerous programs, and has started a Fall Tea Education Series: talks on Teas (savory and sweet), Teacup history, and interestingly on The Silk Road (globalism and imperialism through trade) among others. $15 per talk, no samples. 

Tour companies have lost revenue from tourists and have been giving talks. A "Teotihuacan History and Food Tour" this week (Sat Se19) by Impact Travel Collective (to "travel with a positive impact") will support guides on a tour of the Mexican pyramids, a restaurant (discussing and making old foods) and a chocolateria with the $20 donation/fee. I'll 'be' there!

September is bustling with virtual events (started with 50, up to 75+) complete list HERE

Sept 14–Oct 20 British Library. Food Season. Series of 14 digital events HERE

Sept 14-25 Midnight-2am. 9:30am in India. Studying Food Workshop 5. Archeology, anthropology, media… Kurush Dalal & Mythopia on Google Meet.  about $40. 2 hours for 10 days. To register: More info HERE

Sept 14 Mon 5-6:30 Knowing Sherry: Stories, Love & Cocktails. history HERE/

Sep 14 Mon 7-9 Digging into the History of Victory Gardens. Anastasia Day. Austin Organic Gardeners HERE

Sept 15 Tues 12pm All Stirred Up - Suffrage Cookbooks, Food and the Battle for Women's Right to Vote by Laura Kumin. Woodrow Wilson House. HERE

Sept 15 Tue 6:30-8:00pm The History of Gin David McNicoll.  Brooklyn Brainery. $6 HERE

Sept 15 Tues 7pm The Princess Cake. Baking and also history – from 1929 Swedish Princess’s Cookbook. Farm Table Foundation. $5-20 HERE

Sept 16 Wed 6:30 Table Matters: A Second Helping of Restaurant History by Dr. Katie Rawson and Dr. Elliott Shore authors of Dining Out: A Global History of Restaurants. Wagner Free Institute of Science. HERE

Sept 16 Wed 6:30 America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops book and talk by Christine Sismondo. Fraunces Tavern Museum. NYC HERE

Sept 17 Thur 1:30pm GIN – from Mother’s Ruin to Queen's Top Tipple. Holst Birthplace Museum £5.89 HERE

Sept 17 Thur 5:30 Dining with Jane Austen: Food in Georgian and Regency England. Carl Raymond. New York Adventure Club. Access to the tape for one week. $10 HERE

Sept 17 Thu 7 The Real Housewives of NJ: Early American Women and Their Gardens. 18th century Kitchen gardens. Lesley Parness. Chester Library HERE

Sept 17 Thur 8-10pm A Century of Homebrewing. Charlie Papazian. Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Fort Collins, CO $5  HERE

Sept 17 Thur 9:30PM Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table. Carole Bumpus. Culinary Historians of Northern California.  RSVP to  Info HERE

Sept 18 Fri 5 AM English Puddings. You don't have to get up at 5 AM, tape will be HERE The Regency Town House. Brighton/Hove UK HERE

Sept 19 Sat 1-2:30 Pre-Columbian Contributions to Modern Day Mexico: Teotihuacan History and Food Tour: maize, tacos, and chocolate. Donation $20 HERE

Sept. 19 Sat 1:30 Moroccan Cuisine: A History. Kitty Morse. Culinary Historians of San Diego. HERE

Sept 19 Sat 2pm Fort from Home: Victorian Cooking by Fort Nisqually Living History Museum HERE

Sept 20 Sun 2pm The Dish on Redware: The Legacy of the Region's Historic Pottery. Curt and Michelle Pearson, Robesonia Redware. (Pa. German) HFSDV HERE Past taped programs HERE

Sept 20 Sun 3pm Chinese Food: Customs and Culture. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor HERE

Sept 20 Sun 4pm Iron kettle. Masterworks of Japanese Tea Culture in six 75 min. sessions. by Maiko Sōka Behr. Nikkei National Museum. BC, Canada. Se10, 20; Oc8, 18; Nv12, 22. Tapes available for 48 hours; ea $10 HERE

Sept 20 Sun 5-7pm Tea: The Meal. A comparative history of savory and sweet teatime treats. Friday Afternoon Tea (shop in Seattle WA) $15 HERE

Sept 21 Mon 2:30pm Jewish Food: Claudia Roden and Simon Schama. Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition in British Library. £5.00 HERE

Sept 21 Mon 5pm Ice cream in the Age of Enlightenment. Ivan Day. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. CT A link will be activated on the day, and the tape viewed directly thereafterHERE past tapes HERE

Sept 21 Mon 6:30 Virtual Food History Cooking Class: Kleindeutschland Marietta. German cooking Marietta, Ohio $8 HERE

Sept 22 Tue 7pm African American Foodways by Dontavious Williams, pt 2. Cooking Demo. Stratford Hall, VA HERE

Sept 22 Tue 10 PM The History of Wine. Dr. Patrick Hunt. Santa Clara City Library HERE

Sept 23 Wed 2-3:30 Betty Crocker and the Cookbook that Changed the Way America Cooks. Dr. Leslie Goddard. Great Neck Library NY HERE

Sept 23 Wed 9:30pm Spirits of Latin America. Omnivore Books Virtual Book Tour HERE

Sept 24 Thur 12pm The Assize for Bread. Bread Seminar and baking by author William Rubel. Join Rubel's Facebook page Bread History and Practice for future topics and details HERE

Sept 24 Thur 1-2:30pm Seltzer & New York City: The History of a Bubbly Affair. Barry Joseph author of Seltzertopia. Replay tape for 1 week. New York Adventure Club $10 HERE

Sept 24 Thurs 2pm Chinese Cuisine and the Eight Great Culinary Traditions. MP Chinese. First time free, then £3 HERE

Sept 24 Thurs 4pm Spices in Mesopotamian Food. 20 min talk on "recipes exist in the form of clay tablets from ancient Babylonia dating to the 18th century BCE" at Fermentology and tape HERE

Sept 24 Thurs 6:30  Colonial Cocktails: Fish House Punch & Mint Julep. Historic London Town and Gardens, MD. $30 HERE

Sep 24 Thurs 6:30 Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Marcia Chatelain. CHNY $10 HERE [also on Oct 22]

Sept 24 Thurs 7pm Clues, Craft, & Cookery. Documenting, restoring, and furnishing the original 1739 kitchen and pantry at Newlin Grist Mills, PA.  Info HERE  

Sept 24 Thurs 7pm Baltimore’s Brewing Industry - Past, Present & Future. Baltimore Museum of Industry. Theresa MuCulla, Curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian, and local craft brewers HERE. Tape will be HERE

Sept 28 Mon 1-2:30 The History of Ice Cream in New York City. Meg Lynch from the Morris-Jumel Mansion. New York Adventure Club. Tape replay for one week. $10 HERE

Sept 29 Tue 12pm Gallery talk: Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture. Linda Roth. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. CT A link will be activated on the day, and the tape viewed directly thereafter HERE past tapes HERE

Sept 30 Wed 6pm Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York. Cuban Americans of Green-Wood. Lisandro Perez. $9 HERE

Sept 30 Wed 7pm Soft and Bloomy. Brie and Camembert origins, similarities and differences. Formaggio Kitchen $5 HERE

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