Historic Cooking Workshop: Queen Cakes
Where: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
421 E. 61st St.
212-838-6878 Price: $20 Adults; $15 Members and Students
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As a special program for Women’s History Month, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum looks at Women’s Activism through the history of food preparation.
Although the creation of foodways, the sating of hunger and even the tickling of the palate have historically been intertwined with politics, this Hands-On Cooking Workshop and Learning Event specifically shows how 19th century women used food to create national and regional identities, to support partisanship, and most important, to find their voices and gain the right to vote.
This event looks at contemporary Suffragists’ Cookbooks which discreetly drew attention to women’s issues; how recipe sharing and communal cooking became shared safe places to find one’s voice, and how bake sales and cookbooks raised money for specific political and social causes from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War. In addition, get ready to explore the competing recipes at the time of the nation’s beginning. What was the difference between Clay Jumbles and Jackson Jumbles and how did these desserts and others stake one’s claim in political discussions and help shape American identity?
Try your hand on one of these sweet treats and find out what was really cooking in the kitchen.
Please call (212)838-6878 to make reservations and for more information.
The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.