Although we’ve lumped Washington’s birthday into President’s Day, “The Philadelphia Inquirer” is celebrating closer to the 22nd, with a series on his slave chef, who escaped on George’s celebration of his 65th birthday in Philadelphia. http://www.philly.com
Craig LaBan, restaurant critic for the paper, brings Washington’s tables to life with his descriptions of the weekly banquets hosted for Congress as well as Washington’s daily fare. With his focus on Hercules, Washington’s chief cook, La Ban gives us another perspective on the politics of a new country.
Look for a PBS feature on Hercules at http://go.philly.com/hercules