The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Friends are hosting an upcoming luncheon on April 5, 2019, in Roanoke. Please note that registration for the event is due by March 27, 2019. A downloadable flyer (same as the image below) and registration form are at the bottom of the post.
Hello tomato fans and food history lovers! Just a quick note about an upcoming event in the library on Thursday, October 4, 2018. It’s a talk on the vast and global history of tomato, along with a tasting of some various tomato-based foods. In addition, Special Collections will feature a small exhibit of tomato-related materials from our collections, which should be in place by Tuesday, October 2nd. So, if you’re going to attend the event on the 4th, be sure to swing by Special Collections before or after and check it out (plus, I’ll post some pictures here next week)!
What: Tomato Pathways: From the Andes to the Apennines to Appalachia: Following the Agriculture Value Chain
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5-6pm
Where: Multipurpose Room, 1st floor Newman
Last year (wow, it feels weird to say that!), the Library of Virginia, with support from Virginia ABC and the Virginia Distillers Association, developed an exhibit that was on display in Richmond. Now, that exhibit, “Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled,” is on the road. For the next 4-5 weeks, it’s here in town at the Blacksburg branch of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library!
There are a couple of sneak-peek pictures on their Facebook page, but I encourage you to visit the exhibit in person and learn more about an exciting time period (and one of my favorites!) in cocktail history! I suspect there will be some events going on in conjunction with the exhibit and I’ll try to post updates. And, if all goes according to plan, we’ll also have a small display of materials from our collection related to this topic and time period in the next couple of weeks. (More on that soon!)
Just a quick announcement about some upcoming events, fresh from my email box to yours!
Tuesday, October 24, 4-5:15 p.m.
“Clean Plate Club: Combating Food Waste in America” by Susan Chen
Multipurpose Room, Virginia Tech Library (first floor)
Free and open to the public.
Up to 40 percent of all edible food is wasted in the United States. Food waste has recently gained traction in social media, and within the last couple years, many initiatives have been created to combat this extensive problem. Join us as we explore the past and present issues around food waste and explore solutions to prevent this in the future.
Susan Chen is currently a graduate student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and is researching food waste behaviors in children. Susan has held an internship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she worked on projects related to nutrition and economic analysis. She was the recipient of the 2017 Janet L. Cameron Scholarship.
Saturday, November 18, 1-2 p.m.
“What Happens to your Leftovers? Food facts and food fun!” by Susan Chen
Blacksburg Library Community Room. Free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to attend.
So, what’s the big deal about throwing some leftovers into the trash? It can’t be that bad, right? But if everyone throws away their leftovers, that would surely create a giant mess! Come join us as we play fun food games to learn about where your leftovers go!
Friday, April 6, 11: 30 a.m.
Memorial lecture and luncheon in honor of Jean Robbins featuring Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes.
Roanoke Country Club.
Winner of the James Beard Foundation Book of the Year Award and Best Book, American Cooking, Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia.
Born in Corbin, Kentucky, Ronni Lundy has long chronicled the people of the hillbilly diaspora as a journalist and cookbook author. She is the former restaurant reviewer and music critic for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, former editor of Louisville Magazine, and has contributed to many national magazines. Her book Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken was recognized by Gourmet magazine as one of six essential books on Southern cooking. In 2009, Lundy received the Southern Foodways Alliance Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. She has contributed to Eating Well, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Esquire, and other magazines.
If you happen to live or be in the Richmond area anytime soon, there’s a GREAT exhibit at the Library of Virginia you should check out! Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled is all about the history of prohibition in our state (which, believe me, is fascinating!). You can read a bit more about it online. It’s on display through December 5, 2017.
This year for Women’s History Month, Special Collections has some special things going on! We will have a display on the second floor of Newman Library near the main entrance. “Remarkable Women Throughout History: Snapshots from Special Collections” is a month-long display (March 1-31) with posters, items in exhibit cases, and a book display from the circulating collection. In addition, we will also have more materials from our collections on display in the exhibit cases in our reading room on the first floor near the cafe. We invite you to visit our exhibits during the month of March and learn about our collections and some of the remarkable women represented in them. (We’re grateful to our amazing colleagues throughout the library who helped us make this happen, as well as the students who delved into our stacks and boxes to find the stories of these women to share.)
For the fifth year running, our “What’s Cookin’ @Special Collections?!” blog will continue its “Women’s History Month” series, highlighting the contributions of women to the culinary and agricultural fields! You can view the posts to date here: https://whatscookinvt.wordpress.com/category/feature-items/womens-history-month/. New posts should also show up under this category as they are published. We don’t have all the posts planned out just yet, but we know will be featuring the work of Frances Harriet Whipple Green McDougall (cookbook author, artist, and activist), Mrs. D. A. Lincoln (author and educator), and Ellen Swallow Richards (one of the first women to teach at MIT).
And, although we didn’t build a new digital display this year, we do still have our exhibit from 2016 available in case you missed it! You can view it online here: http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/exhibits/show/womens-history-2016.
Keep in mind there will be events all over campus in March 2017. The Women’s Center at Virginia Tech has a calendar here: http://womenscenter.vt.edu/Program/womens-month.html. We encourage you to check it out and join in where you can!