Gourmet Girlfriends present culinary history tour

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From left. Gourmet Girlfriends Jan Owens and Pam Cooley will present Cooking Through the Decades (Submitted photo)

The Gourmet Girlfriends will present a culinary tour through history called Cooking Through the Decades at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library.

Partners Jan Owens and Pam Cooley make up the catering team of Gourmet Girlfriends.

“We started as personal chefs, and we’ve just grown from there,” Owens said. “We do a lot of catering. We do a weekly meal service where we cook and deliver on Wednesday to busy families. We also do workshops like this one.”

The event will, in part, be a history lesson in addition to a cooking demonstration.

“We have done this event before some other places,” Owens said. “It’s one of our more fun workshops. Guests tend to really enjoy it. We’ll start out in the ’50s talking about an invention called the microwave. Then, we do a recipe from the ’50s, and then we go up through the ’70s.”

Guests will take home a Lipton Onion Soup mix and a cook booklet.

“It has all the recipes we have done that night plus some others,” Owens said. “The thing about this cook booklet that is a little different is that it has a lot of nostalgic recipes and a lot of the ads you would you have seen in the ’50s and ’60s.”

Guests will be able to savor a piece of history from each decade.

“They’re going to have different samples from different decades,” said Orty Ortwein, Hussey-Mayfield program director. “They’ll discuss different products that became available as the decades went on. Guests will be able to taste the food the made on the spot.”

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. To register, visit zionsvillelibrary.org.

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