You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch a fascinating talk and historically-based ham supper in Piscataway this Sunday, which is what culinary historian Judith Krall Russo is dishing up at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum. Russo claims that Garden State swine once enjoyed immense popularity – and has the facts and dishes to prove it. In Colonial times, she says, “New Jersey had the biggest and best swine.” (In a completely different context, that might also be said of 21st century NJ.)
Russo is using 19th century recipes as her basis. The lecture/meal, which costs $50 per person, includes desserts and beverages.
Personally, I don’t know a lot about the history of pig farming in NJ, but I did come across this interesting fact: In the early 20th century Secaucus had sixteeen times more pigs than humans. Check it out!
The Early America Ham Dinner takes place Sunday, November 6, at 2 pm. Seating is limited, and advance registration and payment by November 2 – hence the rush! – are required. For info and reservations, phone: 732.463.8363.