Maddy McGlone is a sophomore (Class of 2023) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is originally from Madison, WI. She is majoring in History and Environmental Studies with a certificate in Folklore.

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Courtesy of the White Gull Inn

OBJECT HISTORY: Two-sided Spork

The Door County fish boil is a culinary tradition local to the peninsula that spawned the invention of the two-sided spork. This unique cooking utensil made its first appearance at the White Gull Inn in the 1960s.

Fish boil meal, courtesy of the White Gull Inn.

The Fish Boil Tradition

Familiar to many Wisconsinites, the Door County fish boil is more than just a cookout, it is a social experience. Long-time Door County visitors know this story well. The first fish boils began as a way to feed the large numbers of fishermen and lumberjacks that worked on the peninsula.