The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University will be permanently closed to the public as of February 27, 2017. The university is digitizing the museum’s holdings for research and can be viewed on our Collections page.
Menus have taken on many forms throughout history, beginning as bills of fare printed or handwritten on thin paper or even silk. They have grown in size and length over time. At the beginning of the twentieth century complaints were made about the “padding out” of single page menus. What might they have thought of the bound tomes that were to follow or the diversity of shape and function that came into being as people increasingly dined out?