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CANCELLED: Food History Symposium

Title:CANCELLED: Food History Symposium
Date & Time:Sat May 3, 2014
201 S. Washington St.
Event Details:A World of Eating in Early Alexandria . . . An examination of the many ways that food connected the people of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Alexandria to the larger world. Amanda Moniz, professional historian and former pastry chef, as well as author of the culinary history blog, History’s Just Desserts (

A Taste, A Memory: Shuman's Jelly Cake . . . To many Alexandrians, nothing is more evocative of gatherings with family and friends than a taste of Shuman's Jelly Cake, a tradition in Alexandria since 1876. Patrick Hagan, managing partner of Shuman’s Bakery, and direct descendant of Louis P. Shuman, who started the bakery over 130 years ago.

Vegetarian Ideas and Vegetarian Food in Nineteenth Century America . . . Through the Civil War, the vegetarian movement focused on social and political reform, but by the late nineteenth century the movement became a path for personal strength and success, which led to greater acceptance of vegetarianism within mainstream society. Adam Schprintzen, Digital and Archival Historian at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and author of The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement.

Robert Portner: Alexandria Brewmaster . . . Once the largest industrial enterprise in the city, Robert Portner’s brewery occupied several blocks along the east side of Washington Street, and Portner’s innovations included the use of refrigerated boxcars. Margaret and Catherine Portner, great-great-granddaughters of Robert, survey the history of the brewery as well as their own plans for re-establishing the Portner name on the local brewing landscape.

Contact Phone No.:703.746.4994
Fees:$50 per person
Audience:Anyone may attend

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