The Bookshelf: Stephen Fried's Delicious Southwest "Tour de Fred Harvey"

Appetite for AmericaFrom the late 1800s through the 1950s, travelers were introduced to the culinary and cultural joys of the West by Fred Harvey, the founding father of the American hospitality industry and gastronomic culture. His revolutionary family business—running restaurants and hotels between Chicago and California along the Santa Fe railroad and later Route 66, including the historic inns still in use at the Grand Canyon and in Santa Fe—changed the way we eat, drink, travel, even the way we see our country. Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West—One Meal at a Time (named one of the top ten books of the 2010 by the Wall Street Journal and just out in paperback), offers a “Tour de Fred” of the remaining, and still wonderful, Harvey Houses.

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On the Menu: February 6 through February 12

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 P.M. Elegant Vineyard Getaway Located amid rolling hills that evoke Italy’s Piedmont region, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards has been referred to by food writer John Mariani as “one of the finest and most authentic Italian restaurants in the United States.” Chef Melissa Close Hart’s extraordinary cuisine pairs beautifully with the wines produced at the vineyard by winemaker Luca Paschina. Wednesday, February 9, 12:00 noon Beard on Books In Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West Stephen Fried traces United-States history through the development of Fred Harvey

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