Thursday, March 21, 6 pm - 8 pm
$40 a person

Join us for a taste of history as Presenter Paulette Gardner explores the European influence on American cuisine. This presentation is inspired by “Seeking the Historical Cook” and “The Backcountry Housewife.”  Paulette will demonstrate open-hearth cooking while sharing what life would have been like for a backcountry family living in the 1800’s. Paulette’s cuisine is influenced by Scottish and Irish immigrants, and she will be demonstrating the preparation of two traditional “receipts.”  The evening will culminate with a tasting menu prepared by local chef Zach Harkins of Hatch in Hickory. This simple menu of White Bean and Smoked Sausage Stew and Good Bread will be inspired by Paulette's historical “receipts."

Meet the Presenter - Paulette Gardner

I am the co-founder of the Lincoln Hearth Cooks, based at the Reinhardt Cabin at the site of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill in Lincolnton, NC. Born in Winston-Salem, NC, with a lifelong love of American History, I spent much time
in the restored Moravian Village of Old Salem. Over the years, my family and I visited many other historical sites, but I was always drawn to the kitchens and the open-fire hearth cooking. After a crash course in their cabin at Historic Rural Hill about 20 years ago, I was hooked. Within a couple of years, I began actively volunteering, not only at Rural Hill but at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia. There I met author Kay Moss, who wrote “The Back Country Housewife” and “Seeking the Historic Cook.” She inspired and encouraged me to continue my quest as an open hearth cook and docent.
Over the next several years, I took classes in Scottish Hearth Cooking, Open Hearth Cooking, and Historic Food Ways at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where my love of the craft continued to be fueled. In 2016, I was given the opportunity, both at Rural Hill and Ramsour’s Mill, to teach both 1-day hearth cooking classes and a series of classes covering several aspects of open-fire cookery.