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Aug. 24, 2019 | Saturday
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Chew On This! aims to provoke friendly dining banter
Chew On This! dining program runs in St. Catharines at participating restaurants until Mar. 31. (Supplied/St. Catharines Museum)

From now until March 31, residents are being served up local St. Catharines history to "chew over" at five selected restaurants.

The program, dubbed "Chew On This!," is a collection of booklets filled with historical photos curated by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

The booklets feature photos that exclude historical information and captions, but instead include questions for making personal observations and interpretations to spark conversation and debate over a meal.

Patrons can later find all the related information to the photos on the St. Catharines Museum website.

“The ‘Chew on This!’ booklets are just another way for the museum to engage the community outside of its walls. We’re able to connect with the public in a completely different way and will reach some new audiences,” Kathleen Powell, museum curator and supervisor of historical services, said in a news release.

“There are a lot of interesting photos included in the booklets, some that residents may have never seen before. We hope it will provoke some interesting dinner conversation.”

Presented by St. Catharines Economic Development and Tourism Services, in partnership with the St. Catharines Downtown Association, the project profiles five versions of booklets, each with six photos and a different theme: Water, In the News, People and Places, Changing Roles of Women, and The QEW and Skyway.

“With the recent revitalization of our downtown, people have taken an increasing interest in learning about the heritage of our city, its buildings, and how our community has changed over the years,” said Samir Husika, downtown development officer with St. Catharines Economic Development.

“This project is a great way for both residents and newcomers to gain an understanding of just how much our community has evolved over the years while gaining an appreciation for its rich history.”

Participating restaurants are listed on the back of each booklet for patrons to visit all five locations to see each themed set of photographs. Featured restaurants include East Izakaya, Wind Japanese and Thai, Dani's Bistro, Fiddler's Pour House and OLiV Tasting Room & Artisan Kitchen.

“The St. Catharines Downtown Association and its downtown restaurant community are pleased to partner with the St. Catharines Museum for the 'Chew on This!' booklet project," said Carolyn Watson, communications co-ordinator for the St. Catharines Downtown Association.

"We hope that those coming downtown to dine will enjoy looking at the photos, intended to spark stimulating conversation about St. Catharines’ history.”

For more information and to see all related photo information of the booklets, visit: