“Gilded Tables: The Art of Food and Dining in Edith Wharton’s New York” – Lecture by Carl Raymond April 23, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Admission:  $15 LMMM Members, $20 non-members
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Location:  Stepping Stones Museum for Children  (303 West Avenue, Norwalk), Multimedia Gallery
Ticket purchase includes admission to the lecture and light refreshments following the presentation.
Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, photograph from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Edith Wharton’s novels provide deep insight and observations into the glittering world of Gilded Age New York. It’s in the details of architecture, fashion, and social customs, that she gives us her revealing portrait of society.  The details of food and dining in her work are no different, we are brought into the dinners and balls and often feel that we too, as readers are seated at the table.  

In this illustrated talk, Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast, social and culinary historian, and a Wharton specialist takes us into the world of food and dining in Gilded Age New York.  

The talk will provide an overview of where and how people dined, the dishes one would have found on the table, and how a formal dinner would have been served.  Along with rare archival images, the talk will feature selections from Wharton’s writing to illustrate certain points as well as unique primary source menus that will take us from the balls of the Vanderbilts and Astors to the tables of JP Morgan and Stanford White.

Carl Raymond is the host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast (produced by Bowery Boys Media).  He is a writer, social historian, and frequent speaker for organizations including the Royal Oak Foundation, Historic Royal Palaces, the English-Speaking Union, the Metropolitan Opera Guild,  the National Arts Club, and the Merchant’s House Museum.  


Image: courtesy of Richard Koek

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