Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions

May 23 — October 13, 2014

The Adirondack Museum celebrates food and the pleasures of eating in the Adirondack Park with a new exhibition, "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions."

From family recipes brought from the Old World to church potluck dinners or suppers around the campfire, food has always played an important role in North Country life. The history of Adirondack food culture reflects the diversity of the people who have settled here, the richness of community life, and the realities of feeding oneself in a unique environment.

"Let's Eat!" examines the universal experience of preparing, presenting, and eating a meal while focusing on Adirondack culinary stories and traditions.

Drawing from the museum's own extensive collections, the exhibit features objects Adirondackers have used to cook and eat. Hand-written menus and journals provide an intimate look at food in family life. Posters advertising turkey shoots, dances, and potluck suppers offer insight into the ways that food as served as the centerpiece of social life in small, often isolated hamlets. Historic photographs spanning more than 150 years depict people dining inside and out, in crowded mess halls, on picnic blankets, and seated at elegant tables.

Interviews with Adirondack cooks, camp workers, guides, vacationers, and residents will provide first-person accounts of elaborate cookouts at Great Camps, maple sugaring, Prohibition, and the daily routine of a lumber camp cook.

The exhibit will bring the story of food in the Adirondacks to the present day with an exploration of Farmer's Markets, organic agriculture, and the rising interest in locally grown produce and meats.

"Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions" Corporate Underwriters

Special thanks to the following unique eateries and lodges for supporting our "Let's Eat!" Educational Programs and Events.

Corporate Leaders — $1,500
Asgaard Farm & Dairy, Ausable Forks, N.Y.
Big Moose Inn & Restaurant, Eagle Bay, N.Y.
Commerce Restaurant, New York, N.Y.
Copperfield Inn, North Creek, N.Y.
Elk Lake Lodge, North Hudson, N.Y.

Corporate Friends — $500
Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake, N.Y.
Café Sarah, North Creek, N.Y., 518 251 5959

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Generously Sponsored By

New York Council for the Humanities

Additional Support From

Mirror Lake Inn