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Detroit's Delectable Past, Bill Loomis at the Detroit Historical Museum

Join local food aficionado Bill Loomis on a look back at the appetites, tastes, kitchens, parties, holidays and everyday meals that defined eating in Detroit, from the earliest days as a French village to the start of the twentieth century. Whether it’s at a frontier farmers’ market, a Victorian 12-course children’s birthday party replete with tongue sandwiches or a five-cent-lunch diner, food is a main ingredient in a community’s identity and history. While showcasing favorite fare of the day, this book also explores historic foodways — how locals fished the Detroit River, banished flies from kitchens without screens and harvested frog legs with miniscule shotguns. Wedding feasts, pioneer grub, cooking classes and the thriftless ’20s are all on the menu too.

 

Lecture will be held inside the Detroit Historical Museum auditorium.  No charge to get inside the museum this year but there is a $10 price per ticket for this lecture, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, parking is located behind the museum, just inform the parking attendent/via speaker you are there for the lecture and your parking is included in your lecture price.


You can purchase the tickets ahead of time at http://detroithistorical.org/things-do/events-calendar/events-listing/june-scholar-series-bill-loomis-detroits-delectable-past, or tickets can be purchased at the door, Limit of 140 tickets will be sold.


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  • Donna

    Surprised to see this was only an hour lecture, not the 3 hours claimed on the website! I did learn a lot, like it's okay to eat muskrat for Lent, all the different apple & pear trees that use to be in Detroit, and apparently oysters and turtles were the "in" food ages ago! Did you know they use to eat everything, including birds.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bill is an interesting speaker. I will be on the lookout for giant pear trees, and I will never look at a frog in the same way. I had hoped to discover a classic recipe to prepare, but I am not a good shot and cannot swing an ax. The pears would be good thought.

    June 19, 2013

  • Donna

    Thanks Diane, but I already reserved my spot. Maybe somebody else here still needs a ticket. If any person still needs to pay, please contact Di (Diane)!

    June 19, 2013

  • DI

    Donna
    I have an extra paid ticket if you of anyone that would like to attend.

    June 19, 2013

  • Donna

    FYI, this is what they sent me after I bought my ticket online:

    The presentation will begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Louise C. Booth Auditorium in the lower level of the Detroit Historical Museum. Bill Loomis, author of Detroit’s Delectable Past, will bring his story of the types of foods and meals that have defined eating in Detroit from the early French settlements to today. Doors to the museum will open at 5:00pm for admission to his presentation, and the Museum Store will be open before the presentation begins. Please plan to arrive at the museum a few minutes early to allow time to park and register. The Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue. Free parking for the program is available in the adjacent Museum lot located off Kirby. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at[masked] or [masked].

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How does food get involved? Is dinner served after the lecture or before? Are we mainly going for the lecture? Are we meeting at a restaurant aftewards?

    June 18, 2013

    • Donna

      We are not going out to eat with this event, as there is no time. This is a lecture on food only. They will be selling coffee and perhaps light food such as cookies & crackers, but my recommendation is to eat before you come to this.

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will plan to be there and buy my ticket on site.

    June 17, 2013

  • Donna

    Everybody is responsible for buying their own tickets, I have nothing to do with this part of it.

    March 27, 2013

    • Donna

      I did buy mine about a week ago.

      June 4, 2013

  • vince

    Hi Donna, looks like a great event.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Information desk states they will also be serving lite snacks such as crackers, cookies and coffee, but no frog legs:-)

    March 19, 2013

    • Donna

      Thank you for mentioning this, Karen. But I'm so bummed about not having the frog legs. :))

      March 19, 2013

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