On April 13 2013, Baltimore’s Star Spangled Banner Flag House presents Heritage Cooking 1814: A Banner Meal, on the hearth Mary Pickersgill used while she stitched the flag that defied the British and inspired our national anthem.
Foodways experts Jill Peters and Reed Hellman will recreate a menu that Baltimore’s defenders would have eaten as they waited for the Redcoat’s advance up the Patapsco and North Point. Using period-correct tools and recipes, the costumed cooks will demonstrate the techniques that Early 19th Century America used to put food on the table.
This Flag House event opens a window for visitors to see the culinary world inside the Flag House, recreated by living history interpreters familiar with live-fire cookery. Members of the Pickersgill’s War of 1812 household, such as a Rebecca Young, Mary Pickersgill’s mother, African American apprentice Grace Wisher, or Mary Pickersgill herself, maker of the Star-Spangled Banner, may help with the kitchen chores.
Jill Peters is a Flag House guide and reenactor and occasionally portrays Mary Pickersgill. She has a strong interest in heritage cooking and has become involved in Medieval cooking. She participates in an outdoor cooking contest using Medieval receipts and has cooked on the 1813 vintage historic hearth at Flag House.
Reed Hellman is a culinary journalist and experienced live-fire cook and chef. Heritage cuisine has taken him into such highly regarded living history sites as St. Mary’s City, Fort Delaware, Brattonsville, and Nova Scotia’s Fortress Louisbourg. His articles appear regularly in Recreation News and Business Monthly. Visit his Website www.reedhellmanwordsmith.com.
Promotional materials and article texts are available for Heritage Cooking 1814: A Banner Meal and other Flag House events. For more information and a press kit, contact Jill Peters at 410-837-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Flag House offers special events throughout the year and a variety of interactive programs. The Star Spangled Banner Flag House is located at 844 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Contact them at 410-837-1793, or email@example.com, or visit their Website at http://www.flaghouse.org/.