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.