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“Food In Transit” : Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) menu exhibition talk Sung, Robert

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Library's Rare Books and Special Collections. Culinary historian Robert Sung will be giving a talk in which foodies will take delight. As part of the current exhibition in the Chung Collection room, highlighting historical food menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Sung’s talk highlights the historical period of the menus in Canadian history. The menus feature mountains, lakes, forests, Mounties and even some CPR advertising for travel packages to destinations in Canada and around the world. UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections teamed up with local historian Larry Wong to create the exhibit. Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories, curated a series of menus for the exhibition, “Bon Voyage / Bon Appétit: Menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Ships, Trains, Planes, and Hotels.” UBC Library’s Chung Collection contains more than 1,000 menus, ranging from the 1890s to 1980s. The majority of the menus are in English, but there are a few unique menus in Chinese, Japanese, French and even German. Featuring unique historical delicacies, these menus offer a glimpse of “the elegance of dining” in the early days, says Wong. The exhibition features CPR menus exclusively, but local foodies can also enjoy a few digitized menus from Vancouver’s Chinatown. Six menus are currently online and there are plans to add more over the summer. The exhibition is currently on display in the Chung Collection exhibition room until the end of 2014.

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