Monday, October 27, 2014

'Thanksgiving 'during the 18th Century Dinner' at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

WETHERSFIELD -  Chef Christopher Prosperi,  will visit the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on  Nov. 16  to "share his views on the history of what may be the ultimate comfort food—the traditional Thanksgiving feast," according to a release.
"The setting is fittingone would be hard-pressed to find more authentic fare than that served annually at the 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner at WDSthe menu was designed by a food historian and is based on centuries-old New England recipes."
Tickets for the 18th-Century Thanksgiving Dinner are $85 per person, and include the reception, 18th-century music and an optional tour of the three historic homes at the museum following the event, the release said. Reservations are required and available by calling (860) 529-0612, ext. 12.
At the event, Prosperi will share "wit and wisdom," and details of some of his own Thanksgiving experiences—"including a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving," the release said.
"Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane will host the historical event dressed in period clothing. Dinner will be preceded by a wine reception at noon, with light fare and 18th-century music."
"Shortly before 1 p.m., a servant will ring the dinner bell and invite the guests to adjourn to the Webb Barn. The carefully researched menu, prepared by J Restaurant, of Hartford, will include dishes typically served at Thanksgiving in the 1700s: venison pie, roasted goose and turkey, chine of pork, pottage of cabbage, leeks and onions, puddings and several vegetables, pumpkin and apple pie, and selections of wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Prosperi will give his presentation on Thanksgiving during dessert.
Prosperi, shown in photo, is chef owner of Metro Bis restaurant in Simsbury.

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