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Hands On at Hearthside Suppers

The older I get the more I have a desire to learn about cooking … the preparation, pairing of items, all of it. Conner Prairie offers a unique twist on cooking and clearly it centers around history – Hearthside Suppers.Hearthside_8editedYou can sign up for the opportunity to prepare and dine on a delicious meal prepared – 19th century style. As with all experiences at Conner Prairie this is hands on as each individual helps with the food preparation in an authentic 1836 kitchen. And the kitchen happens to be in the historic home of William Conner.Hearthside_7editedThe experience is based on delicious historic recipes that you won’t soon forget. And trust me … it is a memory to have. As I’m writing this I think it has been close to 15 years since I’ve experience a Hearthside Supper – high time to do it again!Hearthside_Suppers_3edited Hearthside_Suppers_6editedAnd if you are like me, you might want to have a heads up on the menu. It varies each year, but here is an example from years past:

  • Popcorn, spiced cider, sliced cheese, water wafers, sausage
  • Broth with winter vegetables
  • Beef in ale sauce
  • Roasted chicken
  • Succotash of dried corn and heirloom red lima beans
  • Colcannon (mashed potatoes with winter greens)
  • Bread and butter pickles
  • Brandied pears
  • Yeast rolls
  • Iced cream with cinnamon wafers
  • Tea and coffeeHearthside_Suppers_7edited

Hearthside Suppers are only offered Tuesdays through Sundays, January 30-March 20. Call 317.776.6000 for reservations.

Truly a unique experience. For all other events on the prairie, be sure to check out Conner Prairie’s website.

For other events, attractions and accommodations in the area be sure to Visit Hamilton County.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.