Newport Eats is an investigation of Newport’s culinary past through public lectures, exhibits and other interactive programming. The Newport Eats program initiative aims to connect Newport’s past food traditions to modern trends, and to provide historical context for present ideas such as food sustainability, community development and healthy eating.
Read below for a listing of past and upcoming Newport Eats programs and activities.
Programs & Events:
- (May, 2017) What Did Hamilton Drink: Chocolate in the Colonial Period, a lecture by Rabbi Deborah Prinz
- (February, 2017) The Rhode Island Food Strategy: Context & How It Relates to You, a lecture by Sue AnderBois
- (February, 2017) Colonial Food for Thought: A Newport Eats Living History Event
- (January, 2017) Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History In this lecture, Sarah Schumann, author and fisher (wo)man, offers the perspectives of those who catch, grow and sell shellfish, as well as of those who produce wampum, sculpture and books with shellfish — particularly quahogs — as their medium or inspiration.
- (October, 2016) And One for the Pot, Tea & Treason, a living history talk presented in partnership with the South County History Center and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Peek into the past as costumed interpreters portraying upper-class residents in 1770s Rhode Island explore tea brewing, tea etiquette and the place of tea in colonial America, along with the influence of politics on this popular practice.
- (September, 2016) An Evening of Culinary Indulgence and 18th Century Culture, colonial-inspired food and historical cocktails with period musical entertainment.
- (April 7, 2016) Food, Faith and Fellowship in Colonial New England What did breaking bread mean to the Puritan settlers of New England? The NHS hosted Lori Stokes, Ph.D. for a lecture to answer this question.
Exhibits and Publications:
- Newport History journal article; “Daily Fare and Exotic Cuisine in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Newport,” by Marian Desrosiers
- Newport Eats: Dining in the 20th Century, an exhibit at the Brick Market Museum
- Making of a Newport Meal, a digital exhibit by summer 2016 intern, Michelle Montalbano, available on the Explore Historic Newport mobile app
Ongoing Projects & Partnerships:
- Community Garden Project and partnership with Aquidneck Community Table at the Great Friends Meeting House
- One of the inaugural initiatives of Newport Eats is to capture a 21st century food moment. NHS is collecting and documenting current menus for restaurants and events to add to its collection.