Food for Thought: Tidbits from Virginia’s Culinary History

by  HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

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From Berkeley Plantation’s claim to have held the true First Thanksgiving, to Richmond’s modern allure as one of the best food cities in the country, Virginia’s culinary history spans more than 400 years of European, African American, and Virginia Indian influences. Food festivals scattered throughout the commonwealth celebrate harvests of tomatoes, oysters, ham, peanuts, and apples, while the diversity of our current inhabitants is seen in Greek, Lebanese, Latino, German, and Asian food events.  We will explore items from our collection that speak to the way food has played an active role in our history, as a community anchor and economic driver.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 - 60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Social Studies/History Culinary

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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HistoryConnects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Richmond, VA
United States

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is owned and operated by the Virginia Historical Society—a private, non-profit organization. The historical society is the oldest cultural organization in Virginia, and one of the oldest and most distinguished history organizations in the nation. For use in its state history museum and its renowned research library, the historical society cares for a collection of nearly nine million items representing the ever-evolving story of Virginia.

HistoryConnects is an outreach education initiative by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture utilizing video and web conferencing to reach learners of all ages across the state of Virginia and around the world! HistoryConnects is made possible in part by the Hugh V. White, Jr., Outreach Education Fund.

Hailey Fenner

Program Details


This program begins with an introduction to the VMHC and Virginia foodways. The educator will then share the history of traditional "Virginia" foods, including Brunswick Stew, Smithfield Ham, and Virginia Peanuts.


Participants will leave with an increased understanding of how food plays an active role in our history, as a community anchor and economic driver.