Susan Luczu - speaker, open-hearth cook & food historian, continues to pursue her lifelong interest in food.Through independent studies, she has researched and experienced a wide variety of cooking adventures and various regional offerings.From Colonial cooking in an open fireplace, Victorian teas and up to microwave and convection cooking and baking, Susan delights in trying new methods as well as old standard cooking rules.She collects and reads extensive volumes of cookbooks (750+ and counting) and she is always willing to try an old or new recipe – or often makes up a new one if they don’t fit her purpose.
Ms. Luczu has an extensive background in cooking and baking, both personally and professionally.Her culinary interests go back to membership in a local 4-H club, in her native California. She participated and later taught cooking and sewing classes. She was Project Director of food and nutrition services at the YWCA of Central Jersey for fourteen years.She is the Regent and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); Member and Recording Sec, -Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley (HFSDV); Member/Volunteer of the Freehold Township Heritage Society - Oakley Farm; Member of the National Pie Council & the American Sewing Guild (ASG). She is webmaster for the HFSDV (2014-2015) and her personal website.
She is active locally with the Historic Village of Old Bridge Community Group in East Brunswick, and is the founder of Chapter #23827 of the Red Hat Society - The Mad Hatters of Historic Old Bridge. Susan volunteered at the Monmouth County Historical Society - (Covenhoven House museum) to participate in open hearth cooking programs and demonstrations. She was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture's 2008 Annual Dinner.
Susan and her husband live in a circa 1705 home with a cooking fireplace.She has done extensive research on open-hearth cooking, attending classes and workshops throughout the Northeast to perfect her skills. She has been a speaker for numerous groups throughout the Central Jersey area for the past 30 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s certification in Project Management, and additional certificates in technical writing, fundraising and grant writing.
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