Anna Hunn graduated from the Cornell School of Home Economics
in 1912. A native of upstate New York, Hunn was born and raised
in the town of Geneva and then moved to Ithaca, where she attended
high school. Food management was Hunn's area of expertise while
at Cornell. As a student, she concentrated in the fields of institutional
management and food service, and after graduation she became an
assistant professor of nutrition and food administration. Hunn
also ran the School of Home Economics cafeteria. In 1918, she
left Cornell to become an assistant in the Home Conservation Division
of Food Administration in Washington, D.C. After two years in
Washington, Hunn returned to Cornell and resumed teaching. She
also began to gain practical experience as the manager of Louis
Cafeteria in Niagara Falls. In the fall of 1921, she accepted
a prestigious managerial job at the Cooperative Cafeteria in New
York City and moved there. Her career in food management culminated
in her ownership of the Blue Bowl Cafeteria, located at 157 East
48th Street. The Blue Bowl was touted for its nutritious
but reasonably priced food as well as its famous New England codfish
balls, the regular Friday special. After establishing herself
in New York, Hunn became a resource for graduates of the School
of Home Economics seeking employment.
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