Join Linda Ostrand and Orange County Historical Museum for a cooking demonstration on Thursday, February 24, from 7-8 p.m. EST. A trained historical interpreter, chef Linda Ostrand will demonstrate 17th-century open-hearth cooking with recipes that use ingredients available during the winter months. This program will take place virtually.
Ostrand was trained at Pennsbury Manor, the colonial estate of William Penn, founder and owner of the Colony of Pennsylvania. She noted the importance of historical accuracy in her open-hearth training classes saying, “We weren’t allowed onto the grounds unless dressed in appropriate period attire. All the ingredients, pots, pans and utensils we used were just what was available at the time.
The Berry Brick House, where Ostrand lives and will host the event, was built around 1805 for Mrs. Rhody Berry, the mother of bricklayer John Berry, who built many buildings in Hillsborough, including the Orange County Courthouse , St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Eagle Lodge.
The program is offered in conjunction with the Museum’s current special exhibition, “What’s Your Flavor? This exhibit takes a creative look at traditional Orange County cuisine, proving that cooking is an art. It features information on how local people acquired and used ingredients in their cooking as well as culinary artefacts and works of art inspired by these artefacts. It is presented with the generous support of: Leland Little, Rick Ashby State Farm, family of Henrietta and Glenn Auman, National Endowment for the Humanities, North Carolina Humanities and the Town of Hillsborough Visitor Center.
For more information, to register for this event, or to learn more about the Museum and its offerings, visit www.orangehistorync.org or call 919-732-2201.