Article: Curbed New York

How urban development shaped the way 19th-century New Yorkers ate

February 18, 2019

James Beard supper club

Recently Chef Jay Reifel hosted a meal at the James Beard House that told the story of New York City’s urban development in the 19th century through how its residents dined out.

“Experiencing how we ate historically—how much, how often, what kinds of dishes and who prepared them—not only teaches us something about the time and culture and economic status and season, but also [gives] it a more personal context,” says Izabela Wojcik, director of House Programming at the James Beard Foundation. “[Food] makes it relatable or brings out a curiosity and emotion that other forms of history may not.”