The Artist Behind the Fake Food at Historical Houses and Museums: What’s the one downside to the beautiful foods spread out on tables at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate? The fact that it’s all made out of papier-mâché, clay, plaster of Paris, and other moldable but inedible substances. Sandy Levins is one of the top artisans in the fake food field, and has been making replicas for over ten years. She says that adding food and drink to historical sites helps connect visitors to the past, since “it’s something everyone immediately identifies with, because everyone eats.” Levin researches her subjects meticulously, reading history books to learn about the time period and make sure she understands the lifestyle and socio-economic background of those who lived at the location for which she’s “cooking.” Don’t be fooled: While the sauerkraut might look lovely, it’s really latex.

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