A Taste of History. Walter Staib, proprietor and chef at the City Tavern, Philadelphia, PA, hosts a cooking show on PBS, entitled "A Taste of History". Over the past ten television seasons, he has accumulated 15 Emmys as he has visited the White House, exquisite European hotels, and historic venues around the United States and the world. During Nov. 2019, he and his filming crew are traveling the Santa Fe Trail, en route to Santa Fe.
On Nov. 7th, he was in Council Grove to film cooking at the Hays House and the Trail Days Cafe & Museum. Shirley prepared Iron Kettle Soup (which included buffalo stew meat), and made an Indian Salad, which we and the crew ate after the filming was completed. Shirley says that they told her the Trail Days Cafe & Museum was the cleanest, and the most organized for their visit, of any restaurant they had ever been to!
Shirley had earlier told them about George Leroux, of rural Alta Vista, who is our source for buffalo meat. They went to film the buffalo, but found George so interesting that they also filmed an interview with him.
The trip down the Santa Fe Trail is to be included in this season's programming of "A Taste of History". Of course, all will be heavily edited, so we look forward to finding out how much Council Grove material actually makes it onto the airwaves. When we find out when the episode(s) is (or are) to be broadcast, we hope to be able to announce the date(s) on this page.
Kenneth W. McClintock