This April 16th, step back in time to one of the most spectacular meals of the 19th Century as Becky Diamond, author of The Thousand Dollar Dinner, Vicki Miller of VinoCity Events and Edible History recreate The Thousand Dollar Dinner; a dinner so legendary it helped launch a gastronomic turning point in American cuisine, ushering in the grand banquets of the Gilded Age and putting the States on the international culinary map.
Travel with us to 1851, as 30 of the wealthiest New Yorkers and Philadelphians gathered at Philadelphia’s renowned Parkinson’s restaurant for a show-stopping 17-course feast staged over 12 hours. The meal showcased the finest ingredients available, presented in the most elaborate cooking methods of the period, each paired with rare Old World Wines. So luxurious were the dinner’s numerous courses that it was dubbed “The Thousand Dollar Dinner” in reference to the impressive grocery list price tag.
Edible History Executive Chef and veteran of the New York City underground supper club scene Chef Jay Reifel will execute seven of the banquets original courses in period presentation and style. Diners can expect to be dazzled with dishes like Potage a la Reine, Vol-au-vent à la Financière, Sorbets au vin de Tokia and Agneau a la Diamond. Each course will be paired with rare Old World wines, curated by Vicki Miller of VinoCity Events, who will also explain each pairing. Becky Diamond and Edible History host Victoria Flexner will walk diners through this spectacular meal, explaining the history of the period, on the 165-year anniversary of the original dinner.