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Historic Bethlehem stars on popular cooking show

Burnside Plantation, Moravian summer kitchen, and Hotel Bethlehem featured on "A Taste of History"

BETHLEHEM, PA, JANUARY 9, 2023 — Historic Bethlehem is now featured on the popular cooking show, "A Taste of History," hosted by chef/restauranteur/historian Walter Staib.

You can see Staib pull (and munch on) fresh veggies from the Burnside Colonial garden, cook in Burnside's 18th-century Moravian summer kitchen, then prepare a meal at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem with Executive Chef Michael Adams.

Recipes include “To Fry Beets” and rack of venison.

The TV series features re-creations of historical recipes, cooking techniques, and ingredients. The program also takes viewers on a culinary journey through American culinary history, with visits to historical sites and interviews with experts in food’s origins.


Chef Walter Staib cooks in the Moravian summer kitchen
Chef Walter Staib cooks in the Moravian summer kitchen with Joanne Ritter.

This episode, shot in Bethlehem in the summer of 2021, features The Burnside Colonial garden where Staib learns how the famed hospitality of the first Bethlehem settlers continues today.

Staib was the proprietor of City Tavern in Philadelphia, founded in 1994. The restaurant, now closed, was widely regarded as one of the finest dining establishments in the country.

He has authored numerous cookbooks, including “City Tavern Cookbook,” “The City Tavern Baking & Dessert Cookbook,” and “Walter Staib’s Historic Tavern Cookbook.”

Staib is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and a member of the prestigious Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, an international honor bestowed on select wine and food professionals.



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