Historic Western Pennsylvania Foodways

The Stone House historic cooking programs allow visitors to learn more about local history, while also learning the role of food and cooking in our rich past. Visitors enjoy a hands-on, interactive history education while sampling delicious dishes from long ago!

Tavern Chefs Stan Malecki and Bill McGary lead interactive, hands-on sessions in historic cookery.  Most lessons feature a type of bread, main course, and a dessert.


Saturday 1-Day

Open Hearth Foodways Classes

2017 Dates and Registration

April 8 –Tea & crumpets.

May 6 “Joy of the summer season”-ice cream!

May 13 ” Spring Extravaganza” Canceled 

July 15  Dining with the Founding Fathers (and Mothers) of Independence Day.

August 12  –Very Berry Desserts. Canceled

September 9 Fall Entrees. Canceled

October 14Fall Harvest Dinner. (special pricing $45) Canceled

November 11Holiday Desserts. Canceled

NOTE: Classes are $35 each and times are 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM unless otherwise specified.

Foodways “Master Course”

February 4 – March 11, 2017 –click on date to register for class.

Tuition: $150 (courses can be purchased at the a la carte rate of $35/class)

If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, join our 6-week hands-on cooking class which will engage all aspects of historic foodways, starting with fire-building and food ingredients, through various courses and types of dishes, culminating in a full multi-course historically-accurate dinner at the Old Stone House!

Each Master Course class is offered on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Old Stone House in Slippery Rock, PA.  Please note: tuition includes all materials and a historic cooking textbook.

Registration is non-refundable but is transferable. Class size is generally limited to first 8 students.

Registration fee includes the use of equipment, cost of food, and class materials.

If you have a small group and would like a private cooking class, we are willing to accommodate!

We also do presentations regarding our Foodways program outside of the Stone House! If your group would like a presentation, please contact us.

If you need any assistance, please contact us at or 724-738-4964.


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