Tuesday, October 5, 2010

University of Chicago- Sweet Home Chicago

I am thrilled to announce that I am curating a confectionery exhibit that will be on display at the University of Chicago. It will be on view from Oct. 11- June 11, 2011.

The exhibit will be broken up into several sections. I cover the history of Chicago confections as well as the technology of candy and chocolate. The pieces in this exciting exhibit come from the U of Chicago, John Crerar Library collection.

If you have an interest in the science and industry of candy & chocolate, food culture and Chicago history, you will be delighted to discover this fantastic and visually beautiful collection.

As programming to support the exhibit, I am delivering a lecture on Friday, Oct. 29th. Please email if you are interested and I will send you a personal invitation.

I Love Lucy -The chocolate factory episode

I was recently asked by a reporter to comment on the 1950s I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Ethel work in a chocolate factory. It's called "Job Switching".

As I remember it, Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week so she can learn the value of the almighty dollar as she's just come home with another expensive dress. Lucy and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory. They try their hands at "dipping" chocolate centers and lacking grace or experience they soon have chocolate all over themselves and the factory. Lucy ends up with a chocolate covered face. They are then moved to a chocolate packing room. At first it's delightful and exciting, delicious and perfect chocolates are dancing down a production line on a conveyor belt. Their job is to wrap the chocolate in candy cups. Quickly, their sweet excitement turns sour as they can't keep up with a speeding conveyor belt. They begin stuffing chocolates in their mouths, blouses, and hats.

The episode was filmed a the See's Candy plant in Los Angeles and first aired in 1952. It's delightful to watch!