NORTH CREEK - The Adirondack Museum's "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions and Inspirations" will visit North Creek with an appetite Jan. 23, as part of the museum's Cabin Fever Sunday Series.
Adirondack Museum curator Hallie Bond and Copperfield chef Stephen Topper will host the food oriented program at 1:30 p.m.
"A century ago it was hard to imagine how people could live where the growing season is short. The soil thin, and the weather harsh and cold. What would they eat?" said Bond. "Generations of Adirondackers did live here and they ate well. They 'ate local' by necessity, and their cuisine, taken from field, forest and stream, can inspire today's locavores."
Bond will explore the history of food and eating in the Adirondacks from farms to hunting camps to lumber camps to Great Camps. Topper will take culinary inspiration from the past to create local Adirondack dishes.
At last year's Campfire Cook-Off, hosted by the Adirondack Museum, Topper joined chefs from across the region in a fierce competition of campfire cooking and came out on top.
The first ever "Adirondacks are Cookin' Out," event challenged local chefs to design their own menus and present tasty creations all cooked over an open fire.
He impressed judges with his presentation of braised balsamic rabbit with a side dish of succotash. Topper serves up creative Italian dishes at Lorenzo's al Forno, one of North Creek newest restaurants and is executive chef at the Copperfield Inn.
"The dish as a fabulous example of a 'one pot meal,'" said Topper. "I think it closely resembles what a mountain man of centuries ago might have prepared over the fire, with a few modern additions."
Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members or children of elementary school age and younger. The fee for non-members is $5. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call the education department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's Web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.