Melba’s Presents Dutrieuille- A dinner celebration of black history

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300 West 114th Street

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Black History Month Dinner at Melba's

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Beginning in the 1820s, blacks in Philadelphia pioneered the catering industry by successfully transforming their status from being the negro cook and waiter into being the public caterer and restaurateur.

Peter Albert Dutrieuille, and his son Albert were among the last of the great black caterers of Philadelphia. The Dutrieuille Catering business was a successful operation from its founding in 1873 by Peter to the retirement of his son Albert in 1967. They catered to a prestigious clientele, including wealthy businessman T.DeWitt Cuyler, who tried to interest Dutrieuille in opening a branch in New York. For most of its existence, the catering business operates out of the large basement of the Dutrieuille home at 4001 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, which remained in the family until December 2018.

On Wednesday, February 27 at 7PM, Melba Wilson, who owns Melba's restaurant and catering in Harlem, will host a dinner in honor of Black History Month to celebrate the history and influence of African-Americans in catering from the 1800s to present.

Melba and her team will recreate a 3-course menu featuring dishes inspired by two original menus from the Dutrieuille's from 1939 and 1941. The dinner includes a choice of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts. Entree options include Crab Stuffed Flounder, Roasted Holiday Turkey, Stuffed Acorn Squash, and Fillet with Cream of Mushroom. Menu is subject to change.

This dinner also includes a special rum cocktail provided by Harlem's own HH Bespoke Spirits!

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