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Food Museum

For MT
With two floors of artifacts, the Museum of Public Catering of the Moscow Culinary Association -- or Muzei Obshchepita -- traces the evolution of Muscovites' eating-out habits from the 16th century to the present day.

You won't find any real food among the exhibits, but there are plenty of convincing replicas -- such as a whole white swan on a platter with apples, the kind that was served to the Grand Duke at one of his lavish feasts in the Kremlin's Granovitaya Palata five centuries ago.

A replica 19th-century kitchen gives an idea of a chef's surroundings at the time, with period baking dishes, meat grinders, samovars, scales, a mammoth wooden ladle and a picnic set case from the basement of entrepreneur Savva Morozov.

Another hall is dedicated to the Soviet period, when commemorative plates were all the rage. "If they released a new tractor, they made a commemorative plate about it," said Tatyana Chulkova, a tour guide at the museum.

A special display is dedicated to an important milestone in the city's food history: the 1980 Olympic Games. It was the first time most Soviet citizens saw disposable plates, packaged fruit juice, or individual small portions of jam and butter.

Soviet buffs will appreciate the large selection of white Kremlin china, as well as menus and dining sets from the Moskva, Varshava and Pekin hotel restaurants.

The final exhibit aims to introduce visitors to traditional foods of various Russian regions, from crab of the Far East and pelmeni of Siberia to chuck-chuck pastries from Tatarstan and Bashkiria.

Cooking and table etiquette classes for adults and children are to be offered at a training center adjacent to the museum.

To visit the museum, members of the public must book in advance to join one of the Russian-language excursions on Fridays and Saturdays.

17 Bolshoi Rogozhsky Per., Bldg. 1, 911-35-03, M. Marksistskaya.