The American Food History Project

The American Food History Project

Everybody Eats

Out shared experiences with food connect us with the past, present, and future of what it means to be American.  From pickle stands to tacos to TV dinners, American food reflects the American Experience.  Join us around the table! A menu of future programs will explore the following themes: 

An Agricultural Nation: Farming & American Identity

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson told John Jay that, "Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens." How do the innovations in American agriculture through history influence what it means to be American?

Participation Plate: Democracy, Migration, & How America Eats

America’s food has shaped and been shaped by America’s history as a country of migration. How does all of the moving and mingling affect the foods we eat every day? What is it about American democracy that can actually shape our food?

Julia Child's Legacy: The Kitchen as Classroom

As the nation’s cooking teacher, Julia Child taught America how to cook, eat, and embrace life. How can coming together in the kitchen shape the future of the nation?