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by jraffan
posted 28/11/2013

Arts Monday 2 December 2013

Courtesy Sydney Living Museums

Courtesy Sydney Living Museums

ArtiFacts Eastside.

Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program that takes an in-depth look at Sydney’s food culture from 1788 to the 1950s through the exhibition ‘Eat Your History: A Shared Table’.

I’ll be chatting with Scott Hill, curator from Sydney Living Museums, which manages a number of the State’s important historic properties. Scott has joined me to talk about Sydney’s rise from convict colony to cosmopolitan city through revelations about the behind-the-scenes and goings-on in kitchens and dining rooms of prominent houses and families from colonial times through to the 1950s.

The exhibition claims that “The way to a city’s heart is through its stomach”, and invites us to take a fascinating stroll through eight historic homes, from the farmhouse-kitchen comforts of Elizabeth Farm to the splendour of Regency dining at Elizabeth Bay House and the atomic-age modernity of the Rose Seidler House kitchen.

For the history buffs: Sydney Living Museums’ award nominated blog The Cook and the Curator offers up an a wealth of fascinating tales, recipes, photographs and tidbits from the 12 properties under the museums care.

And the Sydney Living Museums: Food website hosts a full program of events associated with the exhibition, including talks, tasting events, tours and activities for adults and children across various locations through to March.

And don’t miss the inaugural pre-Christmas artisan food market: http://www.hht.net.au/whats_on/event/no-presale/tours/sydneys_first_christmas_artisan_food_market

And the music? I’ll be serving up a musical recipe of blues and funk tunes about food, including some fabulous early blues filled with saucy metaphors.

As always, I look forward to your company, 10:30 to noon.