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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • PCHS interns to host WWI program at Hotel Fauchere

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  • MILFORD - On Sunday August 3rd at 6 p.m., the Pike County Historical Society and the Hotel Fauchère will once again pair history with a delightfully appropriate menu in recognition of the onset of WWI in 1914.
       It was 100 years ago, on July 28th that this global war, which was centered in Europe, began.  The war drew in all the world’s great economic powers, which were divided into two opposing alliances.  Known as the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, it was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political change.
     
    ••• Food and the War
        During World War I, the United States made a great effort to conserve food and other vital materials to help supply the troops and our allies abroad. People were encouraged to follow "Meatless Mondays" and "Wheatless Wednesdays" in an effort to both unite the general public behind the war effort and furnish these essential resources to the allied nations. To facilitate this process, the United States Food Administration was established and led by future President Herbert Hoover. In the New York City area, the local food boards held canning demonstrations for thousands, distributed recipes that replaced wheat and sugar with other ingredients, and told recent immigrants in languages such as Hebrew and Italian why they should be a part of this effort.
         In the pamphlets "Without Wheat," "Sweets without Sugar," and "Potato Possibilities," the Federal Food Board of New York provided alternatives to more well-known recipes to help Americans do their part in the war effort.
         The PCHS Summer Interns for 2014 Shannon Baird and Jackie Hoerst are excited to bring you some of the commonly known, uncommonly known and obscure facts surrounding the Great War.
    Chef David Pirozzi and the Hotel Fauchère staff are equally excited to be hosting the event, said Lori Strelecki, Society Executive Director. A four-course meal will be served and the Interns will present their information tableside in an informal manner.
         The two entities have succesfully partnered this year to bring patrons other food and history pairings including programs on Indigenous Tribes, which offered foods from the regions the tribes inhabit and, more recently, a program which offered a menu of items served on the last voyage of the liner Titanic in tandem with a presentation on the fateful trip.
          The price for the evening is $65 and includes the four-course meal, soft drinks, tax and gratuity, $10 of every reservation will be donated back to the Historical Society.  For reservations and more information, please call 570-409-1212 x150 or email hillary.needleman@hotelfauchere.com.
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