Hill Center Historic Cooking and Baking Series

The Hill Center is offering a historic cooking and baking series where you can recover recipes and stories of the American past with historian and former pastry chef Amanda Moniz. Moniz, a professional historian and former pastry chef who combines her two loves in baking classes and on her culinary history blog, History’s Just Desserts (historysjustdesserts.com), will teach these fun hands-on classes. Moniz will use recipes adapted for the modern kitchen while exploring notable people and events from the colonial period to the late 1800s. Classes are open to those 16 and up; $40 per person and each participant receives a booklet with the recipes made in class.


Food and freedom: The Lives of Malinda Russell and Abby Fisher

This class explores how the first two African American cookbook authors used food in their struggles for freedom and equality before, during and after the Civil War. You’ll sample Mrs. Fisher’s chicken gumbo and Maryland beat biscuits, as well as Mrs. Russell’s lemon-brandy spiced marble cake.


Presidential Parties

In the early 1800s, Dolley Madison was the most famous US hostess; as first lady from 1809 to 1817, she used the events she hosted to cultivate loyalty to the federal government – combining parties and politicking. No matter your politics, you’ll enjoy sweets and baked goods, like seed cakes, caramel layer cake and almond macarons.

Further details for additional classes in this series or to register: hillcenterdc.org. The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 202.549.4172.

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