Over the last few years, the New York Public Library has upped its food programming—hosting chefs like Ferran Adria and events like the Manhattan Cocktail Classic—and bolstering its menu archive, and now it's hosting an exhibition dedicated entirely to food, specifically lunch. On June 22, the library will unveil Lunch Hour, a project exploring the 100-year history, evolution, and influence of lunch in New York.
It will feature a reassembled section from an original Horn & Hardart automat and pushcarts and will offer stories about iconic street food, school lunches, the history of peanut butter, "the democratizing influence of sliced bread," and power lunches, "epitomized by restaurants like Sardi's and the Four Seasons."
· Lunch Hour NYC [Official Site]
· Browsing the Menu Archive of the New York Public Library [~ENY~]