The Keystone Center
An independent research institute dedicated to the survey, documentation, and promotion of Pennsylvania’s five regional food identities, their related culinary cultures in Europe, and their diasporas within the United States.Become a Friend of Keystone
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The Keystone Center
The Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods and Food Tourism™, located in the historic Lamb Tavern in Devon, Pennsylvania, is an independent research institute unaffiliated with state or private industry organizations. Its primary purpose is the survey, documentation, and promotion of Pennsylvania’s five regional food identities, their related culinary cultures in Europe, and their diasporas within the United State. Since the Pennsylvania Dutch region alone features over 1600 dishes not documented elsewhere in the country – not to mention the culinary riches of the other four regions, no other state can claim such a wide diversity of traditional foods and foodways within its borders. Thus, the goals of the Center include:
- The establishment of a complete inventory of Pennsylvania foods and foodways that will appear in a series of Keystone Kitchen books useful to public schools, tourism bureaus, cooking schools, and interested consumers.
- The creation of educational programs that explore the evolution of Pennsylvania foods and foodways in non-academic settings for the general public, as well as credit courses in conjunction with academic culinary arts programs whereby regional cooking techniques and dishes can be taught to individuals intending to enter the food and hospitality professions. Please refer to the Events Page for details.
- The organization of seminars for chefs and members of the public who want to explore specific foods and their traditional preparation techniques, such as Philadelphia Pepperpot or pretzel baking.
- Provide consulting services to local organizations, businesses, and the tourism industry on methods for increasing an awareness of Pennsylvania foods and sustainable agricultural products in order to augment the growth of jobs and employment in this dynamic sector of the state economy.
- Use the Roughwood Seed Collection as a tool for disseminating information about Pennsylvania’s lesser known heritage food plants and to help introduce these foods back into the marketplace.