If you thought school cafeteria food was bad, you really need to check out one of Eastern State Penitentiary’s popular events, Prison Food Weekend. In 2014, the culinary event will focus on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. (As bad as school food was, it was never intentionally meant to be punishment.)
Foodies have the opportunity to sample Nutraloaf created using the official recipes from Pennsylvania (extraordinarily bland), Illinois (a vegan recipe, combining canned baked beans and spinach), California (a meat recipe with fresh ingredients) and Arizona (an intensely-flavored loaf that has been the subject of law suits). You’ve been warned. So far, I haven’t seen Andrew Zimmern scarfing down Nutraloaf. Here’s your chance to challenge your friends to a “tasteful” experience.
Also on view will be sample menus, archival photographs, prison reports, and firsthand accounts of the prison fare throughout Eastern State Penitentiary’s 142-year operational history.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 11:00am – Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 4:30pm.
Prison Food Weekend activities are available from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm each day. Included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 236-3300