‘From Dickens to Downton: The World of Victorian & Edwardian Food’ Webinar
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From the elegant and sumptuous dinner parties amongst English royalty and aristocracy (as perfectly depicted on Downton Abbey) to the dining tables of some humbler characters described in Charles Dickens’ novels, it’s time to explore British food and dining traditions within the Victorian and Edwardian periods in England like never before.
Join New York Adventure Club as we journey back in time to mid 19th century and early 20th century England to uncover its most cherished culinary traditions and dishes, from the grand royal palaces to elegant country houses.
Led by writer, lecturer, and culinary historian Carl Raymond, our digital showcase of the foods of Victorian and Edwardian England will include:
- The dining habits of Queen Victoria and how she influenced Victorian cuisine
- How Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol formed many of the holiday food traditions in use today
- A deep dive on select classic dishes, including their background, how they were prepared, and how they were served
- Trends and influences that affected eating and entertaining, from the Industrial Revolution to the beginning of World War I
- A discussion around Isabella Beeton, one of the most influential cookbooks writers in history
- An overview of the origin of one of Britain’s most treasured traditions, the ritual of afternoon tea
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about Victorian and Edwardian food 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
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.
“I liked everything!!! The social history was fascinating. The food evolution itself was so interesting, great questions at the end too. I saw this on replay so could not interact. Love the inclusion of Downton and “Upstairs Downstairs” references.” -Sharon
“Marvelous subject spanning many years and differentiating tastes and influences. Mouth-watering talk too.” -Laura
“Great review giving you an overall feeling for what was done back in the day. Loved it” -Barbara
“Carl is so knowledgeable and such an excellent storyteller.” -Jane
“Carl Raymond must be the rolls Royce of lecturers—so much knowledge, so beautifully presented. I was taking notes to hope to retain some of it” -Carole
“Great presenter. He is really good. Keeps it so lively. Really passionate and does great research. Definitely not just calling it in.” -Noelle
“Very organized- I learned much I didn’t know. the speaker was very knowledgeable and presented the info in a clear way.” -Marilyn
“I liked the depth of research and information. The presentation was well-timed. Rich and rewarding.” -Gee
“Amazing speaker and interesting topic” -Christina
“So much information… LOVED it.” -CarolBuy tickets/get more info now