Current CHC Events & Projects

Wednesday, November 17 – CANCELLED

The Real Story of the “First Thanksgiving” in 1621

NEW! Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table video

Plum Pudding & Mincemeat Tarts! A reprise of our beautiful presentation featuring star baker and historic cook Sherry Murphy demonstrating recipes from Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery for Private Families is now being offered for sale in video format. Click here for more information.

Sundays, December 5 & 12, 1 to 2 p.m. EST

Hearthwarming: Canadian Winter Holiday Traditions

A two-part Zoom series. As winter closes in, different groups across Canada celebrate numerous winter holidays with “hearthwarming” and heartwarming traditions and traditional foods. CHC member John Ota, author of the acclaimed book The Kitchen: A Journey Through Time … in Search of the Perfect Design (Penguin Random House, 2020), will host a series of interviews with six different Canadians from six different provinces sharing some of their favorite holiday memories. Each interview will be followed by a brief Q&A. Tickets and more details will be available on Eventbrite soon.

At 1 p.m. EST on two successive Sundays, December 5 and 12, John Ota will host Hearth Warming Stories, Celebrating Some Canadian Winter Holidays, Zoom interviews with six Canadians about their favourite holiday traditions, memories and foods from six different provinces. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite soon.

Episode 1 (Sunday, December 5)

Chef, writer, comedian and CBC contributor Andie Bulman of St. John’s on holiday fare in Newfoundland

A discussion of Hanukkah in Montreal with food historian and CHC member Kat Romanow and activist, mother and lawyer Sydney Warshaw, founders of the Montreal-based Jewish food history group The Wandering Chew

Edmonton native, Nanaimo resident, cook and cookbook collector Charlie Galan, chair of the Edmonton Historical Society, on festive West Coast foods

Episode 2 (Sunday, December 12)

CHC member Kesia Kvill, a PhD candidate in WWI foodways at University of Guelph, exploring holiday food in Norwegian Alberta

CHC member Lisette Mallet, president of the Société d’histoire de Toronto (Toronto Historical Association) on an Acadian Christmas in New Brunswick

Kristin Olafson-Jenkyns, author of The Culinary Saga of New Iceland: Recipes From the Shores of Lake Winnipeg (2020), describing foods of New Iceland in Manitoba

January 2022

Salt-Rising Bread Workshop

An introduction to a vanished technique.

February 2022

Colonial Dinnerware

Sequoia Miller of the Gardiner Museum talks about colonial dinnerware and how it reflected the foods being served and their social and cultural milieu.

Sunday, October 1, 2022

CHC Annual General Meeting