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History in the Kitchen: Johnny/Batter Cakes

February 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am


Follow along with the foodways team for our second installment of History in the Kitchen! We will pull apart how the Masons and other wealthy Virginia families adopted and adapted foods eaten by enslaved and free, working people.  Cook along with us and get a first hand experience of how Johnny, or hoe, cakes were changed to suit the tastes of the social elite.

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.

Supplies List

We encourage participants to follow along with the program.  If you choose to do so, you’ll want to download this recipe and collect the supplies prior to the program.


February 27
10:30 am - 11:15 am
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