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Food and Dining in New Yorks Gilded Age Webinar

'Food and Dining in New York's Gilded Age' Webinar

Tue May 11, 2021

'Food and Dining in New York's Gilded Age' Webinar

Time Tue May 11 2021 at 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

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'Food and Dining in New York's Gilded Age' Webinar, 11 May | Online Event | 'Food and Dining in New York's Gilded Age' Webinar
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While New York's Gilded Age is often characterized by mega-mansions and glittering parties that didn't end until daybreak, it was most often the food and drink served within their urban castles that defined the reputations of these elite families. From gold plates to exotic culinary delicacies, this is the story of how the richest families of old New York showed off their wealth and prestige through the power of their dining room.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore New York's Gilded Age through the lens of food and dining, and how the dining room of the city's upper class was just as important as their magnificent homes and trend-setting clothing when it came to showing off.

Led by writer, lecturer, and culinary historian Carl Raymond, our digital showcase of food and dining in New York's Gilded Age will include:

- The transformation of New York's dining scene from forgettable taverns and chophouses of the 18th-century into one of the world's great culinary capitals by the early 20th century
-The inside scoop of the Delmonico and Sherry rivalry , the two great fine-dining restaurants that competed for the Gilded Age dollar
- A look at actual menus and dishes created for these grand dinners , both in the great theatrical restaurants and mansions of Fifth Avenue
- A discussion around some of the most outlandish dinners , which included everything from live horses to swans
- Vintage and contemporary photographs to take you inside the homes and restaurants of the high-class New York of yesteryears

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about food and dining in New York's Gilded Age are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests

About Carl

Carl Raymond is a licensed New York City tour guide, food historian, writer, and museum educator. He has worked at the Merchant's House Museum as well as King Manor Museum in education and programming. Carl has lectured for the Royal Oak Foundation, Merchant's House Museum, National Arts Club, Metropolitan Opera Guild, St. George's Society, Historic Royal Palaces and the English Speaking Union. He was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, ed. Andrew Smith (Oxford University Press) and is at work on his own book, A Culinary History of the Gilded Age.


"Carl is such an excellent story teller and can be very funny. Loved the photos of the actual menus!" -Jane
"Presenter had thorough knowledge, concisely and clearly conveyed his information." -Gregg
"Carl has a great deal of knowledge about the subject and shows enthusiasm. The photo illustrations are very good." -Karen
"Superb & extensive detail, great social & "regular" history, good humor" -Sharon
"Carl was easy to understand, well organized, engaging, good visuals" -Charles
"Pictures of actual events (drawings or photos) and suggestions of books to read which describe the era (Edith Wharton)." -Sharon
"Fascinating look into a subject about which I knew very little--and gained a lot." -Edward
"Carl is an engaging speaker. You can tell that he did a lot of research for this talk. Enjoyed seeing images of historic menus." -Jennifer
"I liked Carl's knowledge of the rivalry between Delmonico's and Sherry's - loved seeing copies of the menus" -Jana
"The topic was interesting and the presenter was knowledgeable, easy to listen to, comfortable, and had a nice sense of humor. He answered the questions well." -Rosina
"The host’s presentation was informative, lively and entertaining." -Dorothy
"The speaker had extraordinary knowledge of the subject matter and conveyed it with enthusiasm and charm" -Carole
"The presenter is really engaging and fun to listen to." -Jenny
"Extremely knowledgeable speaker, loved the humor and extemporaneous approach. Illustrations were excellent. Could have listened for another hour!." -Linda
"We really enjoyed Carl, the presenter. He is clearly so knowledgeable and he delivered the information in a fun way." -Amy
"His passion! The pace. The content. I learned and enjoyed the journey! Best lecture so far!!!" -Jennifer
"This is a topic I am especially interested in...I have a collection of old NYC menus. The presenter was excellent and kept it lively, with good illustrations. He is clearly excited about his subject matter." -Beth
"I liked everything! Carl is a treasure." -Josie
"Lively knowledgeable speaker, excellent information" -Jeanne
"The presenter was knowledgeable and dynamic." -April
"The speaker Carl Raymond was superb! Really knew his stuff, knew how to make interesting, personable, smart!" -Jacquelyn
"Most interesting---facts about personalities and locations." -Alvin
"Super informative and engaging. Really enjoyed the host." -Ashley
"The topic was interesting and a lot of unique stories, facts, and direct insights into the time." -Allison
"I am a history teacher and love New York so I was interested in hearing about the life and times of people in that era." -Lucy
"The subject matter. The presenter was well educated on the subject and it was enjoyable." -Michelle


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