So excited to share this week's entry in the National Treasures section, Cool Culinaria. Founded in 2012 with the aim of bringing the vintage art of dining back into focus, Cool Culinaria seeks out menus from restaurants, bars, cafes, diners, drive-ins, nightclubs, and hotels and restores them, turning them into beautiful pieces of art. The collection includes menus from all over the world with dates ranging from the 19th Century to the 1970s, though they have a particularly wide range of menus from U.S. cities famous for dining, including New York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Las Vegas.
My favorite part of the site are the "Private Collections," where they've created prints from menu collections from the Culinary Institute of America and personal collectors like Harley Spiller, who was given a Guinness World Record for his collection of Chinese restaurant menus. Prints are created on textured art paper using archival ink and printed in New York, and their coasters, mugs, and other paraphernalia are also made in the U.S.A. One of the best parts about the site is that they include the story behind the restaurants each menu are from, so be sure to save a few hours for browsing.