'Dining with Jane Austen: Food in Georgian and Regency England' Webinar

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Throughout Jane Austen's beloved novels and their many film adaptations, one thing is for certain: the lavish scenes of elegant balls and sumptuous dinners served as the backdrop for the stories and romance of her most memorable characters. Though while her novels were fictional, the idea of food and dining being at the center of social life among the English gentry couldn't have been truer — it's time to explore England during the Georgian and Regency eras through the eyes, and food, of Jane Austen and her dining room table.

Join New York Adventure Club as we take a look at the relationship of the fantastical worlds and characters conceived by 18th-century novelist Jane Austen, and the food and dishes served to the high society of England during the Georgian and Regency eras.

Led by food historian and writer Carl Raymond, our virtual exploration of the English food and culture depicted in Jane Austen's novels will include:

  • A look at memorable scenes from Jane Austen's novels that took place at balls and dinners, including an imagined virtual dinner party with Elizabeth Bennett's elusive Mr. Darcy himself
  • How cooking and dining evolved in the Georgian and Regency eras and eventually paved the way for the opulent Victorian era to follow
  • The story of the most influential cookbook writer and her enormously popular book, which continues to influence cooks today
  • How the British ritual of afternoon tea came into being
  • The significance of selected dishes mentioned in Jane's writings, such as the white soup served at the ball at Netherfield in Pride and Prejudice
  • An intimate look at what food Jane and her family had on the dining table, told through rare notes and journals

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about Jane Austen 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.


"This is probably the best of almost 30 talks I've signed up so far. The speaker gave a scholarly and witty talk in a very polished and smooth manner. He made excellent choices in organizing the content and slides. It was really informative and enjoyable!" -Fu Li

"Wonderful interplay of social, a bit of political history along with foodways of the time." -Elizabeth

"I liked the pictures and the dialog. Great speaker who knew what he was talking about. I want to take a tour of all those places he showed us and sit at all those well-adorned dining tables!" -Carolyn

"I am a Jane Austen fan. This information filled in some gaps in the information about the time and the leisure class." -Jane

"Passion for the subject and thorough research/preparation was so evident in this presentation." -Emily

"Information was on point and detailed. Presenter was engaging. Images were engaging." -Angela

"The narrator was very knowledgeable and the topic was well organized with lovely pictures. Would have loved to hear even more and look forward to his next series!" -Chantel

"The presentation was filled with delightful anecdotes and solid history. Carl’s enthusiasm, clear delivery, and vast amount of knowledge combined to make this a truly outstanding event." -Joanna

"Carl Raymond is outstanding and discussion of Jane Austen had enormous appeal for so many." -Laura

"Carl Raymond is such an engaging, passionate and knowledgeable host! What a wonderful presentation, the entire way through -- well organized and the talk had such a perfect arc to it. Wonderful context and plenty of artifacts to add texture. Honestly as captivating as watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth as Darcy forever!). This is the best talk I've seen on NY Adventure Club, and I'll be attending all of Carl's talks." -Kirsten

"The speaker was extremely knowledgeable and presented the material beautifully---informative and entertaining" -Carole

"I am a historian. Was fun to hear a lot of what I talk about when I cook some of these period dishes that where shown in the video" -Connie

"I liked everything! The detail and comparisons to today and other era's." -Susan


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