The idea for the Cookie Table was inspired by my roots growing up in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Immigrants of European decent settled there in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work in the coal mines and steel mills during the second industrial revolution. They were a proud, hard-working yet poor population that lived in small company-built towns. When a young couple from their community was married, all of the family members and friends of the couple would bake cookies to celebrate at the wedding reception, as the couple could not afford a cake. The cookies were comprised of various traditional ethnic family recipes that the Europeans brought with them when they migrated to America. At the wedding reception, a designated table was decorated and used to display the beautiful hand-made cookies, hence the "The Cookie Table" was born.
Although I have long since moved away from Southwestern PA, the cookie table tradition continues to live on, both in Southwestern PA, and also in my heart. I have such fond memories of the wedding cookie tables I enjoyed as a child and young adult. Today, in Southwestern PA, nearly all weddings have a cookie table, in addition to a wedding cake. In fact, the cookie table has become more popular than the wedding cake itself. Today’s cookie table still consists of all the traditional ethnic family recipes that have been handed down through the generations, and also makes room for everyone’s favorites! I am so excited to share the cookie table tradition with you and I would love to bake and create a cookie table for your wedding or event! I just know you will enjoy these sweet confections and their presentation as much as I do. If you would like more information, or to place an order, please reach out using the contact information provided on this website.
~Janet Deal, Owner
Photo Credit: "A cookie table at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wedding in 2009."
Date 31 July 2009, 20:30:22
Original Source Flickr: Most awesome cookie table ever;
Author Chris Winters
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