It’s harvest time, so let’s celebrate Wisconsin’s wonderful food heritage with cookbooks, food tastings, and a talk by culinary historian Traci Nathans-Kelly, who teaches at UW–Madison and Cornell University

Wisconsin’s Rich Food Heritage: Exploring the Steenbock Library Cookbook Collection will take place Friday, September 20th in two parts:

From 5:30–7:00 p.m. in Steenbock Library: Browse the 5,000-plus-volume cookbook collection, watch a cooking demonstration, sample the results, and meet other cooks, chefs, local growers, food historians, and foodies. Food Demonstation with Chef Kevin Appleton, Vom Fass, Madison College Culinary Arts Program

From 7:00–8:00 p.m.: Walk across the street to the Ebling Symposium Center in Microbial Sciences to hear a talk by Traci Nathans-Kelly titled “Porcupine Meatballs: Finding History in Community Cookbooks.” Traci will talk about community cookbooks and explore the micro-history found in each recipe.


At a Glance:

  • What: Wisconsin’s Rich Food Heritage: Exploring the Steenbock Library Cookbook Collection
  • When: Friday, September 20, 2013, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive andMicrobial Sciences, 1550 Linden Drive
  • Public parking: in Lot 36 next to Steenbock—access on Observatory Drive.

This event is co-sponsored by Steenbock Library, Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW), REAP Food Group, Annual Food for Thought Festival (September 21,2013), Wisconsin Local Foods Journal, GreenHouse Learning Community and Vom Fass.

Check out our sponsors websites for more information and food related activities. Mark your calendar for the Free 15th Annual Food for Thought Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 -1:30 pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, off the Capitol Square in Madison.

For more information about the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, contact:
Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
330H Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-2505
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