7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

The shape of modern food habits begins to emerge in the early 1800s, including the order of the menu, and the preparation of dishes we know and love today.  In this talk, Sandy Oliver will explore the life stories of classic Maine dishes enjoyed by Berwick residents from 1814 to 1914 like chowder, baked beans and brown bread, and some that have disappeared (or nearly) like salt fish dinner.


Sandy Oliver has been active in food and food history for 42 years starting in 1971 at Mystic Seaport Museum, where she developed a fireplace-cooking program in an 1830s house.  Her insightful and perceptive intelligence and charismatic sense of humor make a personal connection with her interests and her audiences.

She is the author of a number of food history books including Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Foods at Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century, The Saltwater Foodways Companion Cookbook, and The Food of Colonial and Federal America.  With Kathleen Curtain, Sandy co-authored Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie.

Sandy is also a freelance food writer with the column Tastebuds appearing each Wednesday in the Bangor Daily News, and regular columns in Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine, DownEast, and The Working Waterfront. Her newest book, Maine Home Cooking was published in September 2012.

In addition to her writing, she often speaks to historical organizations and food professional groups around the country, organizes historical dinners, and conducts classes and workshops in food history.

The program will be held on Thursday, October 23, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street.  The public is invited, and volunteers will serve refreshments.  Donations are welcome.  This lecture is one of many 2014 Bicentennial events to be organized by the Old Berwick Historical Society and other community organizations.

For additional information about our programs and the Counting House check our website www.oldberwick.org or call (207) 384-0000.


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