Jul 25, 2013

Heritage Week at Ancestry.com

You might have Grandma’s secret recipe but sometimes there just isn’t anyone who makes it quite like she did.  We recently honored those people from our past and the dishes that have been past down for generations through Heritage Week at Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com is a company dedicating to helping people understand where they come from. They assist individuals in discovering their personal heritage. Heirloom Cafeteria Company has enjoyed serving Ancestry.com employees daily lunch and breakfast for the last year. Last week we celebrating this partnership through Heritage Week.


This is a week for Heirloom Cafeteria Company to celebrate and thank Ancestry.com for what they do. The week consisted of fun displays and activities. Heirloom Cafeteria Company employees had the opportunity to display their own personal family history decor and stories in the cafeteria.

All menu items for the week consisted of recipes submitted by Ancestry.com employees. The recipes were all from personal family history; employees even included a short backstory of where the recipes came from. Ancestry.com employees were then able to vote on their favorite dishes, including: a peoples choice, chefs choice, and an executives choice. One crowd favorite was the Cream of Mushroom Soup. Enjoy this great recipe with your family and look forward to other favorite recipes from Heritage Week on the blog in the coming weeks.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

8 oz mushrooms
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 1/4 cups water
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
snipped parsley

Slice enough mushrooms to measure 1 cup;  chop remaining mushrooms. Cook and stir sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of the margarine in 3 quart saucepan over low heat until mushrooms are golden brown . Remove mushrooms with slotted spoon.

Cook and stir chopped mushrooms and onion in remaining 2 tablespoons  margarine until onion is tender. Stir in flour , salt and white pepper.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.  Stir in water and broth. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Stir in half and half and sliced mushrooms.  Heat just until hot (do not boil).  Sprinkle with parsley.  4 servings

We want to thank all of the employees who shared these special family dishes with us and for Ancestry.com’s dedication in preserving and discovery personal history.


Heirloom Cafeteria Company currently serves hundreds of employees daily at Ancestry.com and MonaVie. The Cafeteria Company is part of Heirloom Restaurant Group and is dedicated to exceptional food and community in the workplace.

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