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Chinese Food and Plant Cultures in the Delaware Valley (virtual, evening)

Part of the Cooking Cultures series

February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2

*In this session, we will do both presentation/discussion and prepare foods with demo/cook along* 

*For presentation/discussion only, please join us in the 2 pm session.*

Contact btobin@pa.gov with questions.

In each virtual session, we will discuss the historic and cultural significance of the food we are preparing, we will demonstrate some recipes, and prepare some foods together.  While dishes are cooking, we will continue discussions, questions & answers and share photos and artifacts. Shopping lists will be provided in advance so that you can cook along with us!

Feb 16: Chinese Food and Plant Cultures in the Delaware Valley

Historians say Chinese workers in California’s Gold Rush launched Chinatown settlements in every major American city, including Philadelphia. However, Asian foods, plants, and medicines have traveled to North America for thousands of years, with help from human and animal hosts. We explore some of the welcome flavors as well as invasive plants from China that are now at home in Pennsylvania.

Southeastern Pennsylvania is the perfect place to taste and savor many early and lasting influences on the foods we grow, harvest and eat. In five weekly workshops, we sample some of Pennsylvania’s heritage groups via their food and gardening traditions. After each session participants can access additional recipes and resources to explore our culinary heritage.Follow along if you wish. In each session, the host will create 1-2 simple dishes that can be created with supplies from your own larder.

Other dates in this series:

Feb 2: Pennsylvania German Foodways in the Delaware Valley

Feb 9: Influence of French Cooks and Cuisines in the Delaware Valley

Feb 23: Women in the Kitchen: The birth of Domestic Science in the Delaware Valley.  

March 2: Philadelphia’s Soda Pop History: The Evolution of Drinks in the Delaware Valley

Presenters: Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, PhD and Bonnie Tobin, MEd

In partnership with Friends Life Care VigR

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Tyler State Park, via zoom, link will be provided upon completion of registration
101 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940-1151


State Parks


Educational Programs, History



Target Audience

Senior Citizens, Adults-only





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