Appalachian Cuisine and Culture
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Katie Hoffman, Appalachian Cooking

Featuring Dr. Katie Hoffman of Appalworks

September 9 2017
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
at Huguenot Springs
2815 Huguenot Springs Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
2 Sessions & Lunch:
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM:
Appalachian Foodways: Fermenting on the Frontier
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM:
Lunch prepared by Becky Lillywhite
Inspired by Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM:
Traditional Appalachian Music: 
Birds and Ballads: Sharing the Appalachian Ballad Tradition
$45 per session or
$65 for the full day
Lunch is available for $15.00 per person, but must be ordered ahead of time
Huguenot Springs
2815 Huguenot Springs Road
Midlothian, VA 23113 


Appalachian Foodways: Fermenting on the Frontier

Sauerkraut and other fermented foods are all the rage now, both for their deliciousness and their health benefits. But did you know that there’s an interesting history behind the practice, and that it’s very easy to learn? Join Dr. Katie Hoffman, Appalachian studies scholar, for a hands-on kraut-making session during which you’ll learn to ferment a batch of sauerkraut. Katie will also talk about the history of the dish, and how it ensured that the pioneers could survive the long, cold Appalachian winters. Katie will offer step-by-step instructions and you’ll go home with a handout and her contact information, just in case questions arise after the class is over.

Those who plan to attend the fermentation session should bring a sharp knife and a vessel for fermenting their vegetables.


Appropriate vessels include stoneware crocks with at least a one-gallon capacity, or two wide-mouth half-gallon Mason jars. (Make sure that your vessels are wide-mouthed, or it will be hard to tend your vegetables during the fermentation process.)


Attendees of the morning session will go home with a batch of sauerkraut to ferment at home. Vegetables and salt will be provided at the workshop.


Both sessions will include handouts with contact information in case people want to get in touch with Katie and Brett to ask questions.


Inspired by Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

Lunch is $15.00, available by reservation only. Becky Lillywhite, former proprietor of Becky’s Tea Café at the Virginia Pantry in Powhatan, has designed a special menu inspired by Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes. The book, written by Appalachian author Ronni Lundy, took top honors from the James Beard Foundation for 2017. 


Birds and Ballads: Sharing the Appalachian Ballad Tradition

Let Katie entertain you with a different element of Appalachian culture. Katie has been singing traditional Appalachian ballads since she was a youngster—even before she moved to the mountains. Joined by her husband, Brett Tiller, Katie will sing traditional Appalachian ballads and songs, pointing out the important roles they played in mountain culture.


“These ballads are both beautiful and fascinating,” she notes. “They’re heirlooms, having traveled over from the British Isles in the hearts and on the tongues of people who came here looking for a better life. We’ll talk about why these songs have stayed alive and the influence they’ve had on other genres of music, like old-time, bluegrass, and country. This is one of my favorite programs, because I love to sing, and the conversations tend to be really lively.” Light refreshments and a meet-and-greet will follow the music. 

About Katie Hoffman & Brett Tiller

Katie Hoffman and Brett Tiller live in East Tennessee, where they are often found either onstage or jamming with other bluegrass and old time musicians. They also garden, cook, and can together and haunt flea markets and junk shops looking for antique cast iron. This year, their new joint ventures include growing sorghum and raising heirloom corn.


Hoffman grew up in Cartersville, Virginia, but moved to the mountains of East Tennessee in 1989. Her Ph.D. is in English, with a specialty in Appalachian Studies. She is a singer and scholar of traditional Appalachian ballads and a singer/songwriter with a CD to her credit, Beautiful Day.


She co-chaired the Appalachian section of the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC and serves as the traditional music producer for a 4-part PBS series entitled Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People. Her recent projects include several Appalachian-themed food events, including the 2017 Feastival series for the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.


Tiller works for Host Engineering in Jonesborough Tennessee and is the banjo player for Rockingham Road Bluegrass Band.

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