March 22 – September 20, 2015
Third Floor Galleries
In any discussion of American food, the South’s brand of home cooking rises to the top as a regionally distinctive tradition, and certainly one of the tastiest. The Chattahoochee Valley has its own proud culinary heritage, which forms the basis of Chattahoochee Cookin’. This exhibition spotlights local foodways from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs.
Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition also spotlights local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally distilled liquor. Technological innovations and agricultural implements designed by local residents are examined, as well as the role of local restaurateurs who produce Columbus culinary specialties. Murals painted for the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in 1956 depict the changing nature of agriculture and how we think about the producers who feed us.
This exhibit is generously underwritten by: