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A Taste of Gardens Past and Present


An Old World Wisconsin farmer tending his heritage garden on the outdoor museum's German Koepsell Farm

You're invited to partake of a scrumptious dinner at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Madison's Capitol Square and to spend an evening in the company of 'Farmstead Chef' co-authors Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko as they discuss our culinary heritage. Their popular book extolls the benefits of homegrown food and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest and stocking the pantry, just as many of our rural 19th-century ancestors did. The event, Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: Gardens Past and Present on Wednesday, April 25, from 6–9 pm, will include a dinner inspired by "Farmstead Chef" and a discussion with the authors.

A Special After-Dinner Presentation

Following dinner Wisconsin Historical Society Press author Lee Somerville will discuss her recent book, 'Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening.' Somerville will introduce dinner guests to Wisconsin's ornamental gardens of the 19th and 20th centuries, showcasing regional gardens created by landscaping enthusiasts for their own use and pleasure. All three authors will also take part in a book signing. Cost to attend is $35 per person. Society members receive a 10-percent discount.

The Taste Traditions of Wisconsin Series

Taste Traditions of Wisconsin is a taste-and-talk series that explores the rich culinary history, delicious indigenous ingredients and remarkable foodways of Wisconsin. Each Taste Traditions dinner has a unique theme and focus. Explore the museum's events calendar for future Taste Traditions offerings.

:: Posted April 12, 2012

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