SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Ever wonder what your great-great-great-grandparents had for dinner? Those joining Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House “Taste of History” program will find out. The program offers cooking classes from the days of explorers Lewis and Clark to the Civil War to items served at the Butler County landmark stagecoach stop.
The Taste of History Program will connect visitors to the foods and folkways of western Pennsylvania’s past.
Now in its second year, the cooking program will offer six historically-linked programs covering early-American cooking. Each class will focus on a different theme or era of history.
Cost to participate is $25 per student, or $15 for Friends of the Old Stone House historic-level members. Classes run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Stone House.
The 2012 Early American Cooking Class schedule is:
- June 2 – Colonial Cooking, featuring in-season produce;
- July 7 – Pioneer Cooking;
- Aug. 4 – Lewis and Clark Cooking;
- Sept. 1 – Native American Cooking; and
- Oct. 6 – Civil War Cooking.
- An Oct. 20 Harvest Dinner runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35 per person.
This year the Old Stone House has partnered with tavern chefs Stan Malecki and Bill McGary to offer fun demonstrative lessons in historic cookery.
The chefs will authentic equipment, including Dutch ovens and open hearth cooking set-ups. Students will learn to prepare historic recipes while studying the role of food and cooking in America’s rich past.
Each, four-hour class includes hands-on instruction and demonstration, prepping and cooking time, tasting of recipes created and class material.
Cookbooks related to the class theme will be available for purchase at a discount.
Class size is limited to eight. Registration and a $15 non-refundable deposit are required. Students can register at 724.738.4964.
The Old Stone House, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.
Aaron Cowan, SRU assistant professor of history, is the museum’s curator.
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