Henry Rice hunts, digs ramps, and cooks at the Hutte

Henry Rice was born in Helvetia, West Virginia in 1978. He is the son of Catherine Irene Mailloux and grandson of Eleanor Mailloux, the co-founder of the Hutte, the local restaurant. He cooks for the Hutte Sunday buffet.

Diane Betler: school principal and fasnacht expert

Diane Betler was born in Pendleton County, West Virginia and came to Helvetia as a child to live with her adopted mother Margaret Koerner, an immigrant from Germany. Ms. Koerner was a skilled home cook from her Diane learned many traditional recipes, including yeast-raised doughnuts.

Oral History: Morgan Rice

Morgan Rice, of Helvetia, West Virginia, helped save her hometown’s annual Ramp Supper back in 2015. This year’s supper is Saturday, April 29.

Oral History: Helvetia, West Virginia

Our new collection of oral histories, Helvetia, West Virginia, conveys the values of a fiercely creative and productive close-knit mountain community where Swiss and Appalachian heritage are uniquely twined

Ramp Fingerprints

Ramp suppers in the mountain state are a homespun community effort, officially dating back at least 75 years.

Electric Jell-O

I’ve long believed in the alchemical properties of Jell-O, a powder made from ligament and bone.

A Story of Salt and History in Gravy Ep. 22

Today’s episode of Gravy features a seventh generation salt-making family reckoning with both the darkness and the bright spots of its history and finding a way forward for the future of West Virginia salt.