Polenta Pot, Pedroncelli Family


Italian immigrants played many important roles in the development of the modern California wine industry. As laborers, vineyardists, winemakers, entrepreneurs, and businessmen, Italian Americans helped shape the industry that emerged in the decades following the 1933 Repeal of Prohibition.

Many immigrants came from the Piedmont area of northern Italy, bringing their culinary knowledge and foodways traditions to California. One of the staple dishes in northern Italy is polenta, a thick porridge made of ground corn, which became a mainstay of many immigrants’ tables in America. This well-used copper polenta pot was used by the Pedroncellis of Geyserville, California. One of the family’s favorite recipes was venison stew served on polenta.

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Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Pedroncelli Family

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2014.0019.03Catalog Number: 2014.0019.03Accession Number: 2014.0019

Object Name: pot

Physical Description: wood (overall material)copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 18 1/2 in x 9 5/8 in; 17.78 cm x 46.99 cm x 24.4475 cmoverall: 8 in x 18 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 46.99 cm x 24.13 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-2043-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1462936

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