History Stories
AUTHOR: Stephanie Butler
From Prune Whip to PB&J: The Evolution of Kid’s Menus
February 6, 2015

The arrival of kid's menus on the restaurant scene represented a new era both in dining, and in American attitudes towards children. Read More

Nigiri to California Rolls: Sushi in America
December 12, 2014

Although sushi in some form has been part of Japanese culture for well over a thousand years, it didn’t make it to American shores until 1966. Read More

Dirigible Dining: Food on the Hindenburg
December 5, 2014

During its brief time in service, the transatlantic aircraft carried hundreds of passengers in comfort and style. Read More

Lights, Camera, Action: The First TV Chefs
November 7, 2014

Long before Emeril Lagasse and even Julia Child, folks were learning the ins and outs of cuisine from their televisions. Read More

A Rare History of the Steakhouse
October 24, 2014

This week we’ll take a look at an American institution that traces it roots back to 19th century New York Read More

America’s State Foods
October 17, 2014

Did you know that New York has a state muffin and that Jell-O is the state snack of Utah? Read More

Cosmic Cuisine: The Evolution of Space Food
October 3, 2014

What did astronauts eat on their celestial voyages? From dehydrated spaghetti to bacon cubes, the answers might surprise you. Read More

Sky-High Sourdough: Expensive Vittles in Gold Rush Fields
September 19, 2014

Why did the discovery of gold in California lead to a dramatic rate of inflation in the cost of food itself? Read More

Pandowdy, Buckles, Slumps and Grunts: America’s Forgotten Apple Desserts
August 15, 2014

While the names of these dishes aren’t as familiar to us these days, at one time they were the most popular desserts in America. Read More

From Chuck Wagons to Pushcarts: The History of the Food Truck
August 8, 2014

This week we’ll take a look at the surprisingly long history of mobile dining. Read More