Food Museums USA
"During the tough days of the Great Depression, farmers had high hopes of a new cash crop. These hard-working men had grown everything from corn to cotton in Georgia’s sandy soil, and onions seemed to hold some promise of better profits.
Imagine their surprise and concern when what grew was not an instant money-maker but a strange onion that wasn’t hot!" Via Vidalia Onion Museum
Sweet onions are Vidalia's most famous crop, and now the town has a museum explaining all.
"As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through demonstrations and interpretive exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a working farmstead, a recreated historic village, a Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, The museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock."
The American Diner Museum, (On-Line), Providence, RI
"Since 1996, the American Diner Museum has been focused on celebrating and preserving the cultural and historical significance of the American diner, a unique American institution. The museum also hopes to recognize and share the importance of diners nationally and internationally."
"While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. It brings all races and ethnicities to the table to tell the tale, from the farmer and the homemaker to the line cook and the celebrity chef. And it is be fun, with tastings and other food-centered events that capture the essence of Southern foodways."
Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University,Providence, RI
"Through exhibitions and special events, the museum strives to interpret the evolution of food preparation and presentation, the development of culinary equipment and technology, the diverse menus offered, and the places where people partake of food.'
The former Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, founded in 1986, is awash in mustards, as well as mustardabilia.
"A crate of vintage French’s… entertaining mustard ads from yesteryear… ornate and dazzling mustard jars… The Great Wall of Mustard… and so it goes. The National Mustard Museum receives mustards and items of historical significance from all over the globe. Recently, a friend brought us three handsome mustards from Bolivia."