Eat, Drink & Be Meryl!
The Dr. Meryl Efron Digital Gallery
This area will be the home of a new online gallery in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron (1957-2013). As a tribute to her lifetime love for cooking, antiques, and Historic Richmond Town, we will be featuring objects from Historic Richmond Town's collections that relate to the tasty topics of food and drink.
From the earliest days of America, old and new forms of ceramics, glassware, and metalware were made and imported for producing, serving, and consuming food. Recipes were shared, trends evolved, and a country of enthusiastic eaters and drinkers was born.
In the 1800s, as America grew and evolved, people increasingly expressed social status through the objects and customs associated with eating. The many specialized objects used in dining show how concerned people were with the rituals surrounding a formal meal.
During the twentieth century, more Americans were eating out, and Staten Island businesses responded to changing tastes and lifestyles. Just thinking about it makes us hungry...
"Show me the way people dine and I will tell you their rank among civilized beings." --Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1868