What’s Going On?

From time to time we’d like to let you know what’s going on with Historic Foodways. March has been quite a busy month for us.



Graduate students from Washington College spent a week with Historic Trades learning about soldier’s lives during the 18th century.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 we had a group of six graduate students from Washington College join us for a week of hands-on learning. The students were a part of a partnered program between Colonial Williamsburg and Washington College. During their visit, the students participated in a variety of hands-on learning experiences that centered on the life of a Revolutionary war soldier: from the foundry, coopers, and artificers to the shoemakers, blacksmiths and the Palace kitchen. During their two hours with Journeyman Kimberly Costa the students learned the importance of chocolate as, not only a breakfast drink, but for medicinal uses and military rations. The students went through all stages of making chocolate, starting with roasting the beans to rolling the chocolate.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 was our first Cook’s Walking Tour of the season. Journeyman Kimberly Costa led twenty five guests of all ages explored the often private world of food preparation in an 18th century city. We visited a variety of original out buildings, learning how to identify a diary, an importance of a smoke house and the real reason kitchen are outside (no, they don’t burn the house down). The tour will be offered on April 18, September 12, and October 17th.  Though the tour is currently free, you do need a reservation.

18th century original smokehouse located at the Powell House.










Master of Historic Foodways Frank Clark stopped by the WTVR studio on Friday, March 16, 2018 to show viewers how 18th century chocolate was made.

Frank’s behind the scene view of WTVR in Richmond.










Our first Arts and Mysteries of the Brewing of the year was on Wednesday, March 21st. Master Frank, along with Apprentices Tiffany Fisk and Tyler Wilson, worked on perfecting a pale ale, which is in development to be produced for sale.  The brewing program is offered several times a year and is included in the price of your admission ticket. All programs are held in the scullery building in the Palace courtyard.  Please feel free to come visit us on any of the following dates: April 11, May 2, and May 23 September 19, 2018, October 10, 201, October 31, 2018, and Nov 1, 2018.

Getting ready to test out a new pale ale recipe at the Palace scullery during our program The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing.










And, just as a fun side note, yesterday, March 28th Google celebrated the 310th birthday of our most beloved 18th century cook Hannah Glasse.  The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy was the biggest selling cookery book of the 18th century, and many of her recipes are included in our blog. Though we know and love her work well, it was wonderful to see this much deserved lady receive acknowledgement from the world.  Thank you Google!



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