Thursday, January 19, 2023

Chocolate in Our Early History? Who Knew?

Add this appropriately pre-Valentine's Day event to your calendars.

On Saturday, February 11, 1:00 p.m., at the Hudson Area Library, culinary historian Peter G. Rose will speak about the history of chocolate in the Hudson Valley. In this talk sponsored by the Jacob Leisler Institute for Early New York History and the library, Rose discusses the early trade by Dutch settlers in the 17th century and the subsequent manufacturing developments of chocolate through the 18th century into the late 19th century. There will be free samples of locally made chocolate donated by Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar and Vasilow’s Confectionery at the event.

Rose was born in the Netherlands and came to the United States in the mid-1960s. She has contributed a syndicated column on family food and cooking to the New York-based Gannett newspapers for more than twenty years and written articles for magazines such as Gourmet, Saveur, and Hudson Valley Magazine. She is the author of ten books on the Dutch influence on the American kitchen. She received the 2002 Alice P. Kenney Award for research and writing on the food customs and diet of the Dutch settlers in New Netherland. She lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to Dutch and Dutch-American culinary history, including at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery, the Peabody Essex Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Bryn Mawr College, New York University, the Culinary Institute of America, and, in the Netherlands, at the University of Amsterdam and the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague. Rose was part of a group of more than a hundred scholars who investigated the history of chocolate in America, sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc., which culminated in the book Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage (Wiley, 2009).
The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made possible in part through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation and Hudson River Bank and Trust.

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