Dr. Leni Sorensen

Culinary Historian
Dr. Leni Sorensen

Dr. Leni Sorensen is a culinary historian and teacher of home provisioning and rural life skills. A lecturer, consultant and writer, Sorensen has been working in colleges, at festivals and for historic house museums for more than 30 years. The dynamic owner of Indigo House (a farm where she raises animals to cook and cultivates produce to serve at her chef’s table dinners and cooking lessons), Dr. Sorensen is a PhD expert in 18th- and 19th-century cooking methods used by Virginia housewives and slaves, including those who cooked for Thomas Jefferson. Most recently, Sorensen was named “Virginia Female Chef” by USA Today in their article “50 States – 50 Female Chefs.”

Dr. Leni Sorensen's Events

1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

From Frying Pan to Fire: Southern Cooking on the Open Hearth

Dr. Leni Sorensen

Join independent scholar and culinary historian Dr. Leni Sorensen as we journey from the antebellum Virginia kitchen to cooking...

Woodland Pavilion, Visitor Center
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Jefferson’s Recipes: “In Good Taste and Abundance”

Dr. Leni Sorensen

Come hear about the recipes served at Jefferson’s table — little-known facts about foods we now take for granted....

Historic Kitchen
Included with Admission