CT Historical Society

The Connecticut Historical Society. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia / September 2, 2009)

Did you know that America’s cookbook was published in Hartford?  And that one of the four surviving original copies from the first 1796 publication will be on display at the CT Historical Society in April?  And that you can visit it in person, while noshing on great food from the Pond House, drinking Hooker Beer and wines from Valley Views CT – and watching a live cooking contest?

Yes, the Connecticut Historical Society’s Community Cook-Off will take place on April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  There are four categories for those interested in competing:

• Not-So-Secret Ingredients Challenge (Bacon, Chocolate and Poblano peppers)
• From Grandma's Kitchen (Recipes off the Family Tree)
• What's in that casserole, anyway?!
• I didn’t know you could do that with Jell-O™

The competition will be judged by: Mary Ellen Fillo of the Hartford Courant, Chion Wolf of WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show, Krystian von Speidel of Hartford Magazine, and Caitlin Crosswell of caitplusate.com.  There will be prizes for the top entries in each category, courtesy of ct.com.  In addition to enjoying the fierce foodie competition, audience members are encouraged to bring a can or two of food towards the benefit of Hands on Hartford: a local charity with a focus on unmet community needs.  Anyone is welcome to attend or enter a dish in the competition – although all entries must be registered in advance at: chs.org/cookoff, or by calling (860) 236-5621.  The event will take place at the Connecticut Historical Society.  Tickets are $10 for CT Historical Society Members and $15 for non-members.