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Carolyn Dilda

5219 Manning Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28269






2014 Annual Meeting News:

Hello Historic Foodways PIG group-


I hope this finds you all well. The National meeting in Calgary was lovely, and we missed many of you.

Here is a summary of what happened at the meeting.

First and foremost we need to welcome member Carolyn Dilda and the new Historic Foodways PIG chair! She is now the Chair and will continue to be for the next two years. She can be reached at cdilda@gmail.com.

During the meeting members reviewed the first draft of a very easy food safety guide. It was proposed several years ago to write a basic guide up so that it can be posted in the Members Only section of the ALHFAM web site. Members reviewed the basic draft, some suggestions were made for improvements. I will be making the corrections and sending it Mercy Ingraham and Nancy Webster, both of whom offered to proof read the document. Once I make corrections I will then send it to Caroline so she can continue the process of getting it posted on line.

Also during the meeting we discussed hands-on workshops and sessions we’d like to see at the 2015 National, which will be held at Colonial Williamsburg. Suggestions included brewing, 17th century (Jamestown) cookery, the use of hotbeds to produce vegetables for the table, table lines and kitchen textiles and baking. The CW staff will be able to offer several opportunities, we hope, for hands-on sessions. We are looking forward to it. If you have any other suggestions please pass along your ideas to Carolyn.

Thank you for support over the past two years, and I hope to see you all next year here in Virginia.

Kimberly Costa


2013 Fall Report to ALHFAM Board 

There was a proposal made to do a hands-on workshop in winter 2014, possibly in the Mid-Atlantic area to coincide with the annual meeting.  Since the PIG Chair has moved to Virginia, the plan to host the program has been put on hold until a new site, or venue can be found. 

The Food Safety guide is still in progress. It will be send to those who offered to review it sometime early next year for a first read through.

Our Facebook page gets very little use.  It was suggested that we make the page more interactive, such as hosting an on-line guessing game of unfamiliar ‘what is it?’ kitchen objects to spark more interest.

Our biggest issue is to find a new chair to take over after the Calgary Annual Meeting.  The person who was voted in to replace our current chair cannot accept the position. The following suggestions were made by the current chair to find a replacement:

  1. Members of our current email list can volunteer for the position, and then an email vote can be conducted.
  2. We can wait till the PIG meeting in Calgary to elect a new chair.
  3. The current chair can keep the position for an additional until the 2015 meeting will be at Colonial Williamsburg.  Since she is currently a member of the Foodways staff at Colonial Williamsburg, this may make it a little easier to plan hands-on cooking programs for the 2015 annual meeting.
  4. We can contact the ALHFAM Board and let them choose a member.

Kimberly Costa,
Historic Foodways PIG Chair
October, 2013



See the gallery of photos from the recent FARM & Historic Foodways Dairying Skills Workshop at Landis Valley Farm Museum. Link to Picasa Gallery

We continue to look for old members and wants to bring in the new. Please contact the chairperson if interested in being a member.

The Historic Foodways Professional Interest Group now has a Facebook page – Check it out now 

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