Dinner offers pioneer view

Cooking over an open fire and sitting down to a meal in a log house may be considered old fashioned, but a few locals received the pioneer experience over the weekend.

“We’re doing this around the 1840s, the same time period that Wapakoneta was being settled and becoming more populated,” Andrea Burton, who organized the event in collaboration with the Auglaize County Historical Society, said.

Two “Log House Dinners” attracted 24 guests to the Gary Log House located at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Guests were treated to homemade, pioneer-style cold slaw, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roasted ham, bran beer, brandy peaches, among other traditionally cooked food items.

“It makes you appreciate what you have now,” Burton said. “It’s a lot different than opening a can of beans and putting it on the stove. The taste is just totally different.”

Burton and her friend, Brandi Picek, who also assisted with the two dinners, have both been involved with historical demonstrations in the past, and she said they both enjoy what they do.

“You kind of get to be an expert, and when you’re an expert in something it’s fun to share it,” Burton said.
Burton said guests will leave with a “full tummy” and an appreciation for the pioneer time period.

“It makes you think ‘what if this was a part of my daily routine? What if I had to do this every day? How would my life be different?” Burton said.

For the full story, see the Monday, April 27 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.