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History in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter

February 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am


This round of History in the Kitchen kicks off with an exploration of peanut butter.  This major staple for many Americans was originally cultivated by people held in slavery.  We’ll talk about familiar foods that Africans brought with them into slavery.  Join the foodways team to grind up a batch of peanut butter and learn more about the history of this food we still eat today.

This three-part series will illuminate what kinds of food were eaten by different people in colonial Virginia.  Discover how to prepare a simple recipe each week.  Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the following groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia.  Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.  

Kids and adults alike will have a great time learning about history plus cooking!  This program is designed for families with kids 10-18, but is open to participants of all ages.  All sessions are complimentary.


February 20
10:30 am - 11:15 am
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