The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, building off the success of its inaugural event last fall, invited media, academics, members of the food and foodservice industry, students and food enthusiasts to come together for a day-long event, entitled: “Sweets: A Journey Through Midwestern Dessert Traditions,” a program about the history of sweets in the Midwest, including important dessert traditions that began in small towns and big cities here in the Midwest.
The last speaker of the day, Riva Feshbach, Exhibits Manager for Newberry Library’s Culinary Collections, gave her presentation: “Food for Thought: Culinary History at the Newberry Library”. With closing remarks by Kantha Shelke, Founding board member of GMFA.
Here Ms. Feshbach gives an overview of resources at the Newberry Library of interest to food historians, and describes the kinds of supporting research materials that are available there, while providing some helpful hints for using the Newberry’s sometimes quirky catalogue.
Riva Feshbach is the exhibits manager at the Newberry Library, where in addition to mounting exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, she has been able to explore topics of personal interest, from scientific illustration to culinary history. She has a masters degree in art history from the University of Oregon and a masters in library science from the University of Illinois. She has been at the Newberry since 1999.
Recorded Saturday, April 05, 2008 at Kendall College.