October 25 – December 6

33 Delaware Street
Woodbury, NJ
856-845-2611

Normal Operating Hours:

Mon through Thursday 10:30AM-5PM and 7PM-9PM.
Friday 10:30AM – 5PM.
Saturday 10:30AM – 3:30PM.
Closed Sunday
Holiday Closings: Tuesday November 11,
Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28.

Woodbury is a town founded by the Quakers before the Revolutionary War, when hearth cooking, fishing in the Delaware, and using the local crops were the means of preparing meals. Today, Gloucester County still has one of the highest percentages of farmland in New Jersey. The food traditions in Woodbury and the surrounding area continue to revolve strongly around fresh vegetables and fish from the Delaware River. The recent comeback of shad and a growth in the interest in consuming “slow food” as opposed to “fast food” are bringing back an interest in cooking, recipes and local ethnic traditions.

As populations and palates have changed, so have our meal choices. Get to know more about “Down Jersey” cooking specific to Gloucester County and Southern New Jersey. Take a bite out of the history of chocolate or learn how to homebrew. Dance and dine on Middle Eastern delicacies!

Learn more about these events – and more - below!


From the book Images of Woodbury published by the Gloucester County Historical Society

List of Events
(all events at Woodbury Public Library unless otherwise noted)

Main Street Colonial Days
Saturday, September 27, 2008 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Woodbury High School Grounds, Broad St.

The Ann Whitall House Hearth Cooks from the Ann Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield will be joining Colonial Days to demonstrate open hearth cooking. Additional events will be ongoing including trolley rides and crafts. This program is free. No registration is required.

For more information about Red Bank Battlefield visit: nj.searchroots.com/Gloucesterco/redbank.html

For more information about Main Street Woodbury visit: www.mainstreetwoodbury.org

Herbal Delight
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:00PM

Lorraine Kiefer of Triple Oaks Nursery will be joining us along with members of the National Herb Society to talk herbs. Learn the history of herb usage, how to grow, cook and use herbs and go home with an herbal vinegar and an herbal swag. More information about Lorraine can be found at www.tripleoaks.com. This program is free. Space is limited to 30 participants. Call 856-845-2611 to register.


Lorraine Kiefer, left, and visitors working with herbs during “Herbal Delight!”

Favorite Foods & Libations of Presidential Families
Sunday, October 12, 2008 2:00PM
Gloucester County Historical Society
58 N. Broad St. Woodbury, NJ

Food historian Judith Krall Russo will help us put aside partisan political views and learn about some of the favorite foods and beverages of past presidential families. “Campaign Trails,” an exhibit of political memorabilia will also be on display at The Historical Society’s Museum through January 2, 2009. This program is made possible by a Humanities Festival Grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:00PM

This month we will discuss Laura Schenone’s book The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken in preparation for Laura’s visit on November 13. This program is free. No registration is required.

Tie One On: Aprons in History
Friday, October 17, 2008 7:00PM

Who knew there was such a thing as an Apron Historian? Betty Ann Warner will share her extensive collection of aprons as well as her knowledge of the history of aprons and why we are all so nostalgic about them. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.


Betty Ann Warner with some of her aprons at “Tie One On” on October 17.

Key Ingredients Exhibit Opens @ Woodbury Public Library
Saturday, October 25, 2008, Opening Reception 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Be one of the first to see this exhibit in its Woodbury location! Peruse our used cookbook sale. Refreshments will be provided by the Woodbury Gourmet Club.This program is free. No registration is required.

18th Century Field Day
Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, NJ

This jam-packed day of events includes food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted’s demonstration of the foodways of the Eastern Woodland Indian which include Lenape, Iroquois, Wampanoag, Penobscot and others. Ann Whitall Hearth Cooks will be creating a Colonial meal at the Ann Whitall House historical kitchen hearth. Additional events include Revolutionary Battle reenactments and crafts.

For more information on Susan Plaisted visit www.hearttohearthcookery.com

For more information on Red Bank Battlefield visit http://nj.searchroots.com/Gloucesterco/redbank.html

This program is free. Registration is not required.

Chocolate!
Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:00PM

From cacao bean to chocolate food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted will give us a demonstration and discuss the history of chocolate on this eve before Halloween. Also, choclatiers Mary and Joe Crevino of Sweet Mary’s Chocolates will be on hand to share a bit about their own chocolate making process including making, storing and tasting and their chocolates will be for sale.
Susan Plaisted: www.hearttohearthcookery.com
Sweet Mary’s Chocolate: [email protected]
This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

Bell’s Mills Display
November 1, 2008 through November 30, 2008

Margaret Heggan Library, Hurffville, NJ
Visit http://www.hegganlibrary.org/ for hours and directions

In conjunction with Key Ingredients: America By Food at the Woodbury Public Library, Margaret Heggan library in Hurffville, NJ will be highlighting the history of Bell’s Mills, (the company that produces Gold Medal Flour) as their display for the month of November. Bell’s Mills was based in the Washington Township area from 1899 to 1937. Related baking utensils will also be on display.

Polish Cooking
Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:00PM

Lorraine Kiefer will share the history of Polish cooking along with her memories, recipes, and samples. More information on Lorraine can be found at www.tripleoaks.com. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

Food and Dance of the Middle East
Friday, November 7, 2008 7:00PM

Don’t miss this fun night with Middle Eastern dancer and culturist Aviva who will share her recipes for several Middle Eastern delicacies including hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, pita bread and falafel. Be warned – when Aviva is around hips will start to shimmy! This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.


Aviva

Children’s Tea
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 12:00 Noon – 2:00PM

Be sure your 5-12 year old doesn’t miss this fun afternoon! Children will be invited to have tea sandwiches, iced tea, and treats while they hear a story and learn a little bit about the meal of “tea” as well as the drink itself. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

From Cannoli to Ravioli: Unlocking Your Culinary Legacy
Thursday, November 13, 2008 7:00PM

Author Laura Schenone will join us to demonstrate her ravioli recipe and tell us how our own family recipes help us discover our roots. Laura’s books will be available for purchase and signing. More about Laura can be found at www.lauraschenone.com. The program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.


Laura Schenone reads a selection from her book, The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken,
before demonstrating different techniques she has learned.

Heritage Station Wine and Cheese Tasting
Friday, November 14, 2008 7:00PM

Penni Heritage from Heritage Station Wines in Richwood, NJ will be bringing samples from their stock of Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon and fruit wines all from grapes and other fruits grown right here in South Jersey. Penni will talk with us about making wine and walk us through some wine and cheese pairings. More information on Heritage Station can be found at www.heritagestationwine.com. This program is free. Call 845-2611 to register. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. Registration is limited to 40 participants.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:00PM

Join our book discussion group as we talk about The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. This program is free. No registration is required.

The Jersey Tomato: From Cherry to Beefsteak
Thursday, November 20, 2008 7:00PM

Historian Judith Krall-Russo will join us to discuss the ever loved Jersey Tomato. Discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey’s favorite crops. Find out when New Jersey was known for its tomato packing industry and what happened to that industry. Learn about heirloom varieties, modern hybrids and the folklore attached to this fruit. More about Judith can be found at www.teafoodhistory.com. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

This program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The New Jersey Cranberry
Friday, November 21, 2008 12:00 Noon

Historian Judith Krall-Russo arrives just in time for Thanksgiving to give us the lowdown on Cranberries. Learn the history of these tart berries and why they are so important. We will also discuss New Jersey’s contribution to their cultivation. Early American recipes will also be discussed. More about Judith can be found at her website www.teafoodhistory.com. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register

This program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Curds and Whey
Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:00PM

Food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted shares the history of the cheese making process from rennet and raw milk to finished product. For more information on Susan visit www.hearttohearthcookery.com. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

How to Homebrew
Friday, December 5, 2008
7:00PM

Matthew Brophy, Vice-President of Brewing Operations at Flying Dog Brewery, will share his experiences in home brewing and share tips, demonstrate techniques, and share recipes for many different kinds of beer including ales, lagers, wheat beers, meads, and his own special brews. For more information on Flying Dog Ales visit www.flyingdogales.com. This program is free. Call 856-845-2611 to register.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Your very last chance to see the Key Ingredients: America by Food exhibit at the Woodbury Public Library is today from 10:30AM until 3:30PM.



Photos used with permission from the book Images of Woodbury
published by the Gloucester County Historical Society