This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances.
And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history.
Harriet Baskas has a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington, and has served as the general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, and has created award-winning radio programs on topics as varied as cowgirls, unusual museums, aging boomers, and the Seattle World’s Fair for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. Seattle based, she currently writes about airports, air travel, museums, and other topics for NBC News, CNBC, USA Today, and other outlets.
Baskas lives in Seattle.
- 1:00 pm, Tuesday,
October 24, 2017
- Redmond Senior Center
8703 160 Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052 United States
- 1:00 pm, Saturday,
November 18, 2017
- Tonasket Public Library
Tonasket, WA 98855 United States
- 6:30 pm, Wednesday,
November 15, 2017
- Wenatchee Public Library
310 Douglas Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801 United States
For more information on how to book a speaker, please contact Zaki Hamid at (206) 682-1770 x102 or by email.