Historical Society presents ‘A Taste of Maryland’
Special to the Whig
— Many foods are associated with certain cities or states. For example, the city of Philadelphia is famous for its cheesesteaks. The state of Pennsylvania is known for decadent Hershey’s chocolate and hand-crafted Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels. Virginia is well-known for peanuts and hams. Maryland is best known for the Maryland Blue Crab, the bountiful delicacy of the Chesapeake Bay, but there are other foods that are uniquely Maryland.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, the Historical Society of Cecil County is excited to present “A Taste of Maryland” with food historian Joyce White. Attendees will learn about the history of Maryland’s most iconic food traditions and businesses, such as Maryland beaten biscuits, crab cakes, McCormick Spices and Old Bay. Those in attendance will also be introduced to some less well-known fare, such as coddies, white potato pie and peach fluff.
The content of the program is based on research that White has done in her role as curator for the state of Maryland’s permanent exhibit for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to taste an assortment of sweet and savory Maryland fare.
White is a food historian who presents various programs through “A Taste of History with Joyce White.” She is also the foodways consultant to the centuries-old Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park. White served as a consultant for the restoration of the 18th century kitchen at Annapolis’s William Paca House, and has written articles for the American Folklore Society, Popular Anthropology Magazine and the Maryland Humanities Council.
Please be aware that the foods for this event have been prepared where potential allergens, such wheat, gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and many other food products, are processed. The presenter is certified in food handling by ServSafe (via the National Restaurant Association) and is insured through the Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). All prepared food served at ‘A Taste of History’ program is cooked and prepared by Joyce in accordance with food handling safety standards, but cooked in a home kitchen, not a commercial kitchen.
This interactive and delicious program will be presented at the Historical Society of Cecil County’s headquarters at 135 E. Main St. in Elkton. The fun will begin at 11 a.m. Admission for members is $12 and $15 for non-members. Tickets for this event are available at the historical society, or contact the society at 410-398-1790. Food historian Joyce White prepares a batch of Maryland beaten biscuits, one of the foods she will discuss in her October presentation.
Historian Joyce White will share the recipe and story behind beaten biscuits and white potato pie (top), traditional Maryland fare.