As the tide of settlement pushed native Americans further west, many aristocrats found respite at the Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs Virginia. Chef Staib bathes in the history of the Hot Springs and retraces the path of 22 presidents at the historic Omni Homestead Hotel. Staib cooks mountain trout, honey stung Brussels sprouts, "hausenpfeffer" braised marinated rabbit and roasted, stuffed tenderloin of venison.
A TASTE OF HISTORY is a cooking series that explores America's culinary beginnings from the Birthplace of American cuisine. This innovative series brings America's history to life and makes it vibrant as we step back in time and get to know the founders of our country through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared. Chef Walter Staib, an award-winning internationally known chef with over four decades of experience, is a master of open hearth cookery. He demonstrates a true mastery in the preparation of sophisticated 18th Century cuisine, sure to inspire home-cooks.A TASTE OF HISTORY is produced in significant historic locations; from Jefferson's Monticello to Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Town and even on the banks of the Delaware River at Washington's Crossing. In each episode Chef Staib explores the origin of featured recipes and ingredients to reveal historical context. We learned about Martha Washington's contributions at Valley Forge, the Washington's well-known slave-chef Hercules and visit Jefferson's Monticello to walk through his gardens and cook in his kitchen!