Cooking in 18th Century Virginia

Cooking in 18th Century Virginia

April 2016

What did they eat?  How did they prepare food?  Where did they get the ingredients? 

These and other questions will be answered by Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Foodways Interpreter Kimberly Costa on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Historic Christ Church & Museum. According to Marilyn Hedges, Publicity Chair, Costa will evaluate the foods, kitchens, utensils and cooking practices of Virginians of different social levels (e.g., gentry, middling, lower cast).

This will be the final lecture describing life in colonial Virginia in the 18th century. Previous experts have highlighted clothing and dressmaking, health and medicine, and wine for the New World. Costa has worked in the field of living for more than 20 years. She holds degrees in liberal arts and U.S. history and theater. As a Foodways Interpreter, Costa is well-versed in the ways 18th century Virginians prepared their meals, says Hedges.

The lectures take place in the Bayne Center on the Historic Christ Church campus at 420 Christ Church Road, Weems. Tickets for the lecture are $10. They may be purchased the day of the lecture. For more information, see