The Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley base of operations is the James K. Polk Memorial near Pineville, and they demonstrate cooking techniques and foods of the 18th- and 19th-centuries. One of the group's main goals is having the food taste like it would have over 200 years ago. To add authenticity to their demonstrations, Cooking Guild members dress in period costumes. They also train interpreters at other historic sites. When doing a demonstration, guild members use only those fruits and vegetables that would have been in season and available to colonial cooks.