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History Colorado’s new exhibit is all about food

The History Colorado Center is pulling back the tablecloth this summer on a topic close to most everyone’s heart.

And stomach.

“You can’t talk about human history without talking about food,” said environmental educator Liz Cook.

” Food: Our Global Kitchen” opens May 31 and runs through Sept. 1, coming to Colorado from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The exhibit, the Denver museum’s first major traveling show, is a full-sensory experience, tracing food’s journey from seed to market, kitchen to table, from early man to even Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

And, yes, that means you get to eat in a museum, courtesy of daily food samplings from Whole Foods Market, the exhibit’s local presenting sponsor.

Not having food was not an option. “It’s like if you went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and didn’t hear music,” said Sharon Wilkinson, community relations team leader for Whole Foods Market in Cherry Creek. “Food is such a cultural experience and such a sensory experience.”

Jelly Belly taste experiment

Jelly Belly taste experiment

In the Taste Kitchen, the beating heart of the exhibit, Colorado brands and products will take center stage in a rotating schedule of themed samplings — crackers and spreads, pickles, spices, sauces, sweets, jams and jellies, juice and milk will all get their turn.

Budding chefs will also be able to use their noses at “smell boxes” throughout the exhibit to sniff out ingredients common to world cuisines, as well as explore the tables of historic figures such as Kublai Khan, Jane Austen and Mahatma Gandhi; and “make” African groundnut stew and other dishes at an interactive cooking table.

To celebrate the exhibit opening, the museum on May 31 is offering free admission to children 12 and under, cooking demonstrations and crafts.

Food-related special events are planned throughout the exhibit’s run, including garden tours, a local food marketplace and a June 3 lecture by Adrian Miller, winner of the James Beard Award this year for his book “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.”

-Emilie Rusch


foodhistoryFood: Our Global Kitchen

When: May 31-Sept. 1 (Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday)

Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Cost: $5 with purchase of general museum admission ($12 adults, $10 students, seniors; $8 children ages 6-12); $2 off with receipt from any Whole Foods Market in Colorado

Denver Deal: Living West, Sam’s Club, Free Days & More

I heard of this friend of mine doing a post-Thanksgiving potluck. When you are just absolutely sick of the leftovers that you have – she invites friends over to share what is left (on Saturday). While I love this idea – I really do love the leftovers just as they are. In fact, my kids will be with their dad on Thanksgiving this year. I will spend the day with my sister and her family – but they never give me enough leftovers. So I’m making my own Thanksgiving early – so I can get a jump start on the leftovers. Which then gives me plenty of time to peruse the Black Friday ads and make a PLAN for Thanksgiving night – without too much guilt of having to be with family.


Before the holidays make you feel like you live in a zoo, visit the real one. The Denver Zoo will host FREE Days for Colorado residents on Thursday, November 21.

History Colorado Center

Explore Colorado’s history in the experiential exhibit, Living West at the History Colorado Center. Zebulon Pika takes kids through the activities and sharing fun, interesting facts about life in the West. From 11/23/13-2/28/14 kids ages 6-12 gain a free admittance when they participate in this at-home craft and wear it to the Museum (children ages 5 and under get in free with an adult).

Sam’s  Club

Is it bad to admit that there are times that I go to Sam’s Club to have samples for lunch? (I am betting I am not the only one). Sam’s Club has posted a “menu” for this weekend.


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