The Real Housewives of Henry Street, 1905
Henry Street Settlement (265 Henry Street)

housewives.jpgSunday, September 25, 2011 | 3 pm | $19.05

Ever wonder what daily life was really like for immigrants living on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century? It was nothing like the glamorous lives led by the Real Housewives on the Bravo television series, yet these immigrant housewives "made do" in clever and resourceful ways. No Cuisinart? No problem: The cabbage-shaver traveled door-to-door, shredding the vegetable for homemade sauerkraut. No refrigerator or storage? One could buy a single egg, half a parsnip, a handful of barley from the pushcart market.

Please join us as Jane Ziegelman (author of 97 Orchard) explains how the housewives cooked in their primitive tenement kitchens, shopped at pushcart markets, and kept Old World traditions alive in their new homeland, while settlement houses sought to impart the food habits of mainstream America. Historic gastronomist (and star of William Grimes’ new show Appetite City) Sarah Lohman will speak about her three-day experiment keeping Kosher by following a daily menu from the Ellis Island Kosher kitchen. Historian Suzanne Wasserman (Director of the Gotham Center for New York City History) will show a film clip about the 1902 Kosher butcher boycott on the Lower East Side from her upcoming film Meat Hooked!

The event, held in Henry Street's historic dining room, will include a strudel-making demonstration (audience participation invited!), refreshments like those enjoyed by the 1905 real housewives, and a signature cocktail made with Manischewitz wine.

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Photograph courtesy of the collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum © 2011

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
265 Henry Street
New York, NY 10002

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