Most of us enjoy sitting down to a good meal, but have you ever stopped to consider why we eat what we do? As food writer Judith Hausman notes, American eating habits have long been impressionable and paradoxical, swinging from jelly molds to kombucha. On Friday, May 4, at 1 p.m., Judy will lead an informative and insightful discussion on how and why our nation’s changes show up on our plates. She’ll explain how wartime, industrialization and suburban sprawl set our tables. She’ll identify when the cuisine of immigrants entered the mainstream, and she’ll examine how science and technology have both seasoned and diminished our diet. This former journalist is also interested in your experiences, so bring your own food memories to share in this seminar, which is sponsored by the Union Savings Bank Foundation.

Judy worked as a Hudson Valley restaurant reviewer for nine years. Her work has also been published nationally in Zagat guides, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013), and more. Her co-authored book, Over the Rainbeau: Living the Dream of Sustainable Farming, came out in 2009.

At our Cinco de Mayo Tea on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m., the focus will be on Mexican fare. Join us for this fun fiesta, sponsored by Laurel Ridge Health Care Center.