From Calling Cards to Cotillions: Elegant Entertaining in NY’s Gilded Age - 92Y, New York

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From Calling Cards to Cotillions: Elegant Entertaining in NY’s Gilded Age

The Gilded Age — spanning from 1860s through WWI — was a time of calling cards, horse drawn coaches, afternoon tea, cotillions, lawn parties, and formal dinners… a time when even picnics were served on fine china.

Learn the 19th century meanings of giving a lady a tulip instead a rose; discover the most popular toasts of the era and learn when it was proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. Discover why ladies magazines of the 19th century advised bringing a bundle of sticks to a party. Learn the calling card equivalent of “unfriending” someone and why the nutmeg grater was the must-have accessory of the 1890s. The event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects, garnish-making demonstrations, and recipe handouts. Includes a tasting.

Instructor

Francine Segan

Francine Segan is the author of six books including Shakespeare’s Kitchen and Dolci: Italy’s Sweets. Her most recent book is Pasta Modern.

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