Is the foodie bubble on the verge of bursting? You could argue that the recent spate of backlash could be an indicator of the air being let out. Whether or not Philly’s museums hopping on the bandwagon supports or refutes this remains unclear. Nonetheless The Franklin Institute and Yards Brewing company are teaming up with the Kite and Key tomorrow for The Science and Art of Colonial Brewing, an exploration into one of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s favorite pastimes, or at least one of them that we can discuss here.
Yard’s brewers will present a hands-on brewing demo and talk about their Spruce Ale, which is based on a recipe Franklin used more than 200 years ago. The Franklin Institute will also offer a rare glimpse at some even rarer artifacts that will shed light on the drinking habits of Franklin, including his personal tankard. The whole event is part of a series of events to drum up hype for Philadelphia Science Festival, which kicks off in April.
With the drinks out of the way, Philly’s Rosenbach Museum & Library will debut its own foodie-focused exhibit, A Taste of History on Wednesday, November 10. The culinary inspired exhibition will feature historic cookbooks, menus, recipes, children's books, illustrations and more. In conjunction with the A Taste of History, Rosenbach will host Kimberly Costa of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley for a discussion on the eating habits and culinary trends of the Founding Fathers and people of Colonial era America on Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m.