Upcoming Events

Farmhouse Family Day

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 21, 11:00am-3:00pm
FREE

Drop in and explore the farmhouse with the family; hands-on crafts, self-guided exploration, scavenger hunts, and more. We’re making waffles! Join us as we cook our colonial treats and enjoy the beginnings of fall! FREE.

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Candy: From Early History to Halloween
Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, October 23, 6:30pm-7:45pm
$14. Purchase tickets here.

Isn’t it weird that one day a year it’s appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place? In this class, we’ll cover a brief world history of candy, from the first processed confections from the Middle East, to the magical candy medicines of medieval Europe. Then, we’ll sort out the origins of Halloween, along with modern myths like the “razor blade in the apple.”

And, what would a talk on candy be without lots and lots of CANDY: historic candy samples will abound to help you learn.

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Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of Funeral Food
Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, October 23, 8:30pm-10:00pm
$16. Purchase tickets here.

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Food and drink have always had a place in mourning; from Irish wakes to sitting Shiva, consumption offers comfort in a time of grief. In this talk we’ll look at the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history, and we’ll taste beer from Midas’s tomb, funeral cakes, and Mormon funeral potatoes.

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The Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: A History of Drunkenness at Kings County Distillery
Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, October 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm
$12. Purchase tickets here.

Come learn about the science of inebriation, enjoy a tasting of three whiskeys (21+ only), and get the scoop on the history of drinking games (and the best drinking game ever)!

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Sriracha: One of the Eight Flavors of American Cuisine
National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Saturday, October 28, 11:00am-3:00pm
FREE

I’ll be at the Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival in D.C., talking about Sriracha. How did Sriracha transform from Vietnamese spicy sauce to a fully American-made food trend? I’ll tell the story and make a Thai Omelette to showcase the sauce. A book signing of Eight Flavors will follow the demo.

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Sorry, No Sugar Today: Rationing in WWII
Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, November 1, 8:30pm-10:00pm
$13. Purchase tickets here.

Food historian Sarah Lohman explores the challenges that Americans faced throughout WWII as a result of wartime rationing and recreates some favorite wartime recipes to demonstrate necessary ingredient substitutions. She’ll use real ration books from the time, as well as period newspaper articles to explore the ins and outs of the ration system and explain the reasoning behind it.You’ll get to try two types of cakes, a decadent recipe that would have used several months of ration books, and another, frugal recipe that made many substitutions and used few ration points. You can decide which one is best at this fun talk.

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To Book a Speaking Engagement with Sarah Lohman, please contact  Sarah directly at: sarah@fourpoundsflour.com

 

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