November evokes thoughts of food and good cheer for most Americans. On Friday, November 15, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West hosts a Family Fun Day that’s all about food. “Tasty Traditions” invites attendees to share stories, swap recipes, sample some great western food—and gain a better understanding of aspects of our western heritage through food. The event takes place from 3 – 7 p.m.
“Tasty Traditions” is inspired by the Key Ingredients: America by Food exhibit recently on display at the Homesteader Museum in nearby Powell. A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, Key Ingredients examined the evolution of the kitchen and America’s food industry. At the Center of the West’s event, Chuck Wagon Cookie Ron Reed prepares his popular Dutch oven beans and biscuits; visitors help make frontier ice cream; and Center staffer and resident cake decorator Rachel Lee demonstrates her artistic decorating techniques.
“There will be plenty for everyone to sample!” says the Center’s Interpretive Specialist Emily Buckles. “We hope everyone goes home inspired to prepare delicious meals for the holidays.” Buckles encourages participants to bring their own favorite recipe to share and adds, “After the event, we will post the recipes online so everyone can try them at home and continue to enjoy these tasty traditions.”
The names of all who bring recipes will be entered into a drawing for a free Center of the West membership (or a membership renewal for those already a part of the membership program). From 5 – 6:30 p.m. during the event, the Center’s Eatery offers a family-friendly meal of traditional Indian Tacos at a family-friendly price.
Thanks to a special grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, this year’s Family Fun Days are free to Center of the West members and just $10 per non-member family. To find out more about Family Fun Days and other educational programming, contact Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110.
On Saturday, December 7, the Center hosts its annual Holiday Open House, a free community celebration of the holiday season with Santa Claus, festive decorations, and entertainment by several area music and dance groups. For more information on upcoming events, visit our Events page.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups,” the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, one of the “Top 10 Must See Western Museums” by True West magazine.