On this day 195 years ago, 11 July 1824, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Richmond merchant Bernard Peyton asking him to procure 20 pounds of tin. He explained that “We have been a year or two without the use of such of our kitchen utensils as, being of copper, need tinning.” [i] Jefferson was rightly...
While Jefferson often gets the credit, it was enslaved chefs like James Hemings, who created Monticello's famed "half Virginian, half French" cuisine. Food Historian Leni Sorensen explains how Hemings's training in France and the installation of stew stoves changed cooking here.
Apples of many varieties were cultivated in Jefferson’s Virginia. The fruit was used to make pies, preserves, and other foodstuffs, of course, but in Jefferson’s time apples were especially valued for the making of cider.
Winemaking in Virginia was first attempted by our country’s first settlers over 400 years ago. Today, you can experience the fruits of their labors when you visit one of the almost 300 wineries around the Commonwealth. Video produced by Virginia is for Lovers.
This annual event, truly a unique opportunity to explore the essence of the apple, has been among our most popular programs. Supermarkets today provide only a limited sample of the thousands of apple varieties once available to 19th-century fruit lovers.
How would we describe the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello? We asked our amazing presenters. "Inspirational." "A place of culinary memory." "A perfect day." Don't forget to join us next year for the 12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival on September 22, 2018!