Food from the Archives – October 27, 2016

Come learn about Parmesan making in Italy according to Thomas Jefferson, the history of food conservation in WWI, how tofu was made in the 18th century, William Glackens’ recipe for beer, and more!

6:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, October 27
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central
1901 Vine Street, 4th floor – Skyline Room
General admission is free – register here

Co-sponsored by Archives Month Philly and the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center, Food from the Archives is an evening featuring materials and resources about food and cooking from 19 regional institutions, including:


The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia
Bartram’s Gardens
The Barnes Foundation
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library
Cooking in the Archives
Fairmount Park Historic Archives and Bartram’s Garden
Free Library Special Collections
The German Society of Pennsylvania
Hagley Museum and Library
James Hemings Foundation
The Library Company of Philadelphia
The Penn Museum
Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
The Rosenbach
Temple University Special Collections Research Center
The University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center
West Chester University
Westtown School
William Way LGBT Community Center


Stop by to view rare cooking instruments, historical recipes and menus, artwork, photographs, and more! Two kitchen workshops with limited seating will also be offered – sign up in person is required, beginning at 6 pm in the Skyline Room:


Philadelphia Folklore Project: Fresh spring rolls with Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun. 6:00-7:00 pm

Poi Dog Snack Shop: Ancient Roman cooking with Kiki Aranita. 7:30-8:30 pm

Come and tantalize your taste buds while learning more about the culinary collections of Philadelphia area museums and archives! This event is free and open to the public.