1. April 30. 2011 at 4:00 pm
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 1927 Lakeside Pkwy, Tucker, GA 30084
Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War
Very special guest speaker Andrew F. Smith
From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, to the last shot fired at Appomattox, food played a crucial role in the Civil War. The North mobilized its agricultural resources; the South did not. As a result, the North fed its civilians and military, and still had massive amounts of food to export to Europe, while the South starved, morale tanked, and desertions increased. The Confederacy collapsed because it couldn't feed its armies.
Andrew F. Smith has taught food history at the New School University in Manhattan since 1995. He is the author or editor of eighteen books, including his most recent books Starving the South; How the North Won the Civil War and Potato: A Global History. He serves as the editor in chief for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He has written more than three hundred articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers. For more about him, visit his website: http://www.andrewfsmith.com.
The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
This event is free and open to the public. Andy, a friend of culinary historians everywhere, is being very generous with his time, and we hope to have an audience to match!
RSVP's not required, but are appreciated.
2. Celebrating the Domestic Goat
May 15, 2011 2-5 pm
Robinson Family Dairy Goat Farm, McDonough GA
(Rain date May 22)
CHA's own Goat Lady and her family are welcoming us to their family farm - an endangered species in these days of sprawling urbanization - to celebrate goats. They have a bumper crop of babies this spring, so bring the kids!
The goat is one of the earliest domesticated animals, and played a vital role in building Western civilization. Neolithic farmers in the Near East relied on goats for milk, meat, wool, leather, and even dung. The goat, and images of goats, are so woven into the fabric of our culture, that they go unnoticed.
Come to the farm on a beautiful day in May for an afternoon of frolic-while-learning. Yvonne will demonstrate goat dairying, and she has gathered some of her goat-y friends. One makes artisan goat cheese. Another is a chef who will demonstrate gourmet cooking with goat meat. We may also have a weaver who uses goat wool. Yvonne also raises chickens, rabbits and bees, so there will be farm fresh eggs, honey, and fresh rabbit meat for sale.
This event is free for CHA members, $5 per person for everyone else. Space limited, so RSVP's are mandatory.
3. History of the Plantain, with cooking demonstration
CHA's resident Puerto RIcan registered dietitian-chef, Ana Raquel Ruiz, will discuss the history of the plantain, and demonstrate the methods for cooking both green and ripe plantains in the Caribbean style.
We do not have a location for this event - we need a demonstration kitchen -- any ideas out there?
4. Summer afternoon on Historic Marietta Square
July 23, 2011
Join us for a lazy afternoon on the lovely square in the middle of historic Marietta. First, we'll enjoy barbecue at Ephraim's classic barbecue joint, then we'll amble across the square to the Marietta Museum of History to take a gander at the Southern Cooking exhibit. Afterward - who knows?
5. Food HIstory Day
August 27, 2001
Cooper's Furnace, near Cartersville, GA
Once again, we rented Shelter B, next to the banks of the Etowah River, at the Cooper's Furnace National Recreation Area, We had a fabulous time last year, and decided to make a whole day of it. There will be food-history related activities from 10 am to 8 pm. Come and make a day of it. This is a beautiful spot that offers great shelter. We'll go rain or shine.
6. History of Coffee
no place or date yet. Will let you know.
7. October. Nothing planned yet. Looking for speakers. Suggestions welcomed.
8. November - From Sugar Plums to Peppermint: the foods of a VIctorian Christmas. Place and date to be announced.
9. December. Service project. We plan to repeat last year's project -- working the phone lines at Georgia Public TV, during the Saturday cooking shows. This was fun and for a good cause.