Food Historian to Speak on Dutch Art and Food – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Food Historian to Speak on Dutch Art and Food

The Geneva Historical Society will present an illustrated slide lecture by food historian and author Peter G. Rose on “Art in Food and Food in Art” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6. Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the Society’s headquarters at 543 South Main Street, and is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

From 1609 to 1664 the Dutch established a settlement that encompassed the Hudson Valley, modern-day New York City, and parts of New Jersey and Delaware. While the Dutch political presence was short-lived, the influence of Dutch culture persists to this day, especially in food. A sizeable minority of Geneva’s early inhabitants came from the Hudson Valley area and were the descendents of 17th-century Dutch colonists. Foods of Dutch origin were likely a staple in many of these households.

Rose’s lecture demonstrates how the works of the 17th-century Dutch Masters provide insight into 17th-century food practices, proving their relevance to the American kitchen today and shedding new light on the colonial diet. Rose is the co-author of the book “Matters of Taste: Food and Drink in Dutch 17th-Century Art and Life” and was co-curator of the 2002 exhibit of the same name at the Albany Institute of Art. Rose writes a syndicated column on food for the White Plains Journal News and has numerous books and articles published on food.
For more information about this program, please call 789-5151.