Food on the Move: ??

So, we’ve got this title, Food on the Move. Does it stand alone? Does it have an “unsexy” part after the “Sexy:”? Please brainstorm with ideas and suggestions so we can take something to Richard and get the ball rolling on this. Sara and I received a wake up call from Chelsea when she offered us free publicity we were essentially unable to take because the title and opening date aren’t final, so we’d like to lock that up.

Ship group – fantasy takes exotic to new levels

Another topic that came up in the research at J&W is the presence of fantastic figures on the covers of the menus, taking the ideas described below to the new level that travel takes us to impossible lands, even fictitious places where fairies and winkies and merfolk roam. This ties in, as Amy will point out shortly, to the way ships, and cruises in particular, have become destinations unto themselves. Here are some examples:

Ships – Research update

After living at J&W for the last few days, we have some intriguing and beautiful objects guiding our thinking in unforeseen directions. For example, we’ve been looking at the substantial collection of menus from packet ships, steam ships and ocean liners dating back to the late 19th century. A large number of these, from various shipping lines and various time periods, feature exoticized people on their richly (or humorously or crudely) adorned covers.

These people stand in for the foreign lands the cruise line visits, in later years whether or not the specific ship is headed there on that particular voyage. Passengers are able to consume these fantasies (in which the folks in far off lands also seem to have gone back in time) along with their meals. Sometimes the meals  reflect this as well:

An old piece of publicity from the famous White Star Line (Titanic fame) continues this trend:

The collection of menus also demonstrates the change from the less formal, handwritten “bill of fare” to the more formal, printed menu. J&W has a portable screen printing machine that was used in the early days of printed menus on board ships to make this possible. (Haven’t seen it yet.)

Guiding Curatorial Question 5 – Wild Card

Is there some additional story that has cropped up during your research on your mode of transportation that you just must tell?

Guiding Curatorial Question 4

4.     What are external influences driving changes in travel cuisine and taste?

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Guiding Curatorial Question 3

3.     What kind of foods are eaten and how are they consumed, based on your mode of transportation?

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Guiding Curatorial Question 2

2.     Who prepares and serves the food?

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