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19th Century Philadelphian Festive Menu...Need Help!

spicemistress Nov 24, 2009 08:18 AM

Hello, I am helping to create a menu for a museum ball. The museum is 150 years old and I would like to recreate some mid-19th century recipes.I am looking for small plates and appetizers and things we can pass around. We won't be having a sit down dinner this year. I know this forum is mainly for restaurants but I would like to ask all my Philly and PA Chower history buffs for assistance...Any help will be most appreciated! Thanks!

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    Bigley9 RE: spicemistress Nov 24, 2009 09:33 AM

    The city Tavern is 18th century - perhaps their menu will help? http://www.citytavern.com/dinner_menu...
    Also, chef Staib has several cookbooks

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      barryg RE: spicemistress Nov 24, 2009 09:38 AM

      Here are a couple columns from the esteemed Rich Nichols that may help:


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        xtian RE: spicemistress Nov 27, 2009 01:03 PM

        Check out William Woys Weaver's cookbooks. He is a PA food historian.

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          nwinkler RE: spicemistress Nov 28, 2009 07:40 PM

          This is a bit of a roundabout approach, but you could browse databases of 19th century menus to get ideas, and then search for recipes online. The two best online menu collections I know of are from the New York Public Library and the Cornell Library (among them are at least a few menus from Philadelphia restaurants), and the original 1896 Fannie Farmer cookbook is one online source for authentic 19th-century recipes.


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