The Thriving Spirit of Food Technology

Silicon Valley Eats exhibit comes to the Los Altos History Museum

Palo Alto Online: By Chrissi Angeles, Photos by Adam Pardee

While most think of Silicon Valley as the epicenter of all things tech, the area was nicknamed “The Heart’s Delight” by John Muir in 1912, as he believed it was one of the most agriculturally bountiful regions in the world. From Mariani Premium Dried Fruit, founded in Cupertino, to Impossible Foods in Redwood City, Silicon Valley is the birthplace of food companies, canneries and orchards.

The Los Altos History Museum last weekend debuted a new exhibit called “Silicon Valley Eats,” to educate visitors about the food and farming culture in the area.

The museum curator, Amy Ellison, moved to Silicon Valley last fall and started working for the Los Altos History Museum in January. She said her favorite part of creating the exhibit was learning about the region by connecting with people who worked in canneries, picked fruit, owned or managed restaurants or…cont.

A dinner table greets visitors at the entrance to the new “Silicon Valley Eats” exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum, prompting them to think about where their meals come from and how they’ve changed over the years. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Modern and vintage menus from local restaurants are featured at the Silicon Valley Eats exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum. Photo by Adam Pardee.

The Silicon Valley Eats exhibit features local food companies including Impossible Foods, which makes plant-based meat (featured in the above meatballs). Photo by Adam Pardee.