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The Castle preps cooking class to promote German food

The Castle and The Cook’s Shop will present Kleindeutschland Marietta, a virtual food history cooking class, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on Zoom. Dagmar Kupsche, above, and Kyle Yoho will prepare classic German street food. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The Castle and The Cook’s Shop will present Kleindeutschland Marietta, a virtual food history cooking class, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on Zoom.

The presentation by Dagmar Kupsche and Kyle Yoho will include the restaurants, saloons, markets, bakeries and butcheries in Marietta that were owned by Germans, but whose influence on the food culture of Marietta has been lost to time.

Kupsche and Yoho will prepare classic German street food.

“German immigration to Marietta and Southeast Ohio increased in the first half of the 19th century and had a profound effect on the local culture,” Yoho, education director at The Castle, said. “During the decades after the 1830s, Germans streamed into Washington County and set-up their businesses in the first two blocks of Front Street and Putnam Street.”

Kupsche, the owner of The Cook’s Shop, and Yoho will prepare classic German street food of bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad. In this virtual cooking class, participants will be able to cook alongside or just enjoy the program as Yoho and Kupsche take what is now American picnic fair back to its German roots and learn some history along the way.

Kyle Yoho has been the education director for The Castle since 2015 and is an adjunct professor of museum studies for Marietta College. (Photo Provided)

This class will be conducted via Zoom Meeting. Registration is $8 per attendee. Pre-registration is required. To register visit mariettacastle.org/events/, click on Virtual Food History Cooking Class: Kleindeutschland Marietta and scroll down to the “Food History Registration” link.

Yoho has been the education director for The Castle since 2015 and is an adjunct professor of museum studies for Marietta College. He received a bachelor’s in history from Marietta College and a master’s in public history from Wright State University.

Kupsche discovered the joy of cooking as a child while helping her mother in the kitchen and watching Julia Child on TV. Her other talent, sewing, led her to an apparel design degree from Rhode Island School of Design, a career as a knitwear designer with The Limited and her own custom bridal gown business.

The Victorian-era Castle of the 1855 Gothic Revival is a museum fully furnished with Victorian decor. It is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

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