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Create and taste historic foods in workshops

Learn  to prepare   and sample historic foods under the direction of Kid Chef Kini and Executive Chef Ben at a Create and Taste event July 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Schenectady County Community College, culinary school kitchen,
78 Washington Ave., Schenectady. Individual workshop rate is $75 per adult, $40 per child. Additional workshops in the series will be held Aug. 13, Sept. 10, and Oct. 8. Pre-registration is required; visit http://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/product/create-taste-mid-19th-century-food-experience/. Sign up now for all four workshops at subscription rate of $60 per adult; $40 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What did people eat for breakfast in the 1850s? Did they eat lunch? Supper at 1 a.m.? Experience the smells and tastes of early to mid-19th century America and learn about the culinary practices of families during this time period. Enjoy samples of mid-19th century foods and drinks.

The program is sponsored by The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. Membership starting at $25 per person includes a 10 percent discount on events, including these workshops. Contact information: Underground Railroad History Project, PO Box  10851, Albany, N.Y. 12201; phone  518-432-4432.

Executive Chef Ben Stewart is a graduate of SCCC’s prestigious Culinary Arts program and Delhi’s Hotel Management & Hospitality program. He has been working in the culinary field for 12 years. Most recently Chef Ben was the Executive Chef at Aperitivo Bistro, of Mazzone Hospitality. Chef Ben is currently the Executive Chef at Diamond Ridge Adult Residence, a division of Holiday Retirement. Kid Chef Kini-Analysa McCalmon has been training as Chef Ben’s protégé for more than two years.

Copies of Rufus Estes’s “Good Things to Eat” will be available for purchase. Rufus Estes, pictured above, was born enslaved in 1857, rose to prominence as a chef for foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and American presidents, and published a cookbook of his selected recipes.

Schenectady County Community College is generously offering its culinary school kitchen for this monthly program.


Gloria Mazure

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