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Nov 24, 2009 08:18 AM

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

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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  1. The city Tavern is 18th century - perhaps their menu will help?
    Also, chef Staib has several cookbooks

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

        1. 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.