You can read the summaries of the lectures here. http://www.clements.umich.edu/culinary/lecture_summaries.html – Sadly the descriptions aren’t live and it isn’t in Internet Archive.
I thought the celery information in the Michigan presentation was especially interesting. Larry B. Massie told about how people from the Netherlands were used to growing stuff in swampy ground and draining and reclaiming crop land. They bought small plots of land and grew the labor intensive crop of celery (in the days before self-blanching varieties). He also talked about the use of celery vases on Victorian tables. I think he explained a piece I had seen for a pattern I collect and assumed was an urn with a broken lid.
Ari Weinzweig’s “What’s for Lunch and Why: Artisanal Cheeses in Wisconsin” was very interesting, especially the part about the failure to grow wheat as the main cash crop in Wisconsin. It might help explain why Charles Ingalls left and is worth pursuing.
The lunch for Saturday was very cleverly put together with color coded dots telling you what exactly you were eating. I was very sorry that we had to leave a day earlier than originally planned and that we missed Jane and Michael Stern who didn’t present due to a serious, but not life threatening accident.
It was a unique experience that I enjoyed very much and I encourage those of you with an interest in food history to attend next time.
UPDATED May 12 2017: I undid the link because I can’t find an archive of the page. I added a photo too.
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