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19th century customs

Start Date : 12.12.2017
Historic Cooking Workshop: Sugar Plums and Wassail

December 12, 6:30 pm

Hands on candy making session with a toast to the holidays

Did you know that there are no plums in sugar plums?  This ancient sweet treat was a favorite of 19th-century New Yorkers.  Learn about their ancient and recent past in this hands-on session, package your treats up for gift giving and toast with some wassail to get the holiday spirit going!

$25 Adults:, $20 Members and Students with ID

At Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

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Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of the Funeral

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning traditions have changed over time, and vary from place to place, what they have in common is food and drink.

Join historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman for this talk on the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history. You’ll learn about funerary customs through the years, plus taste beer from Midas’s tomb, funeral cakes, and Mormon funeral potatoes.

$20 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$25 for non-members. Cash bar available at the event (free for Key Holder members).

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More about “funeral biscuits” or “death cookies” and some recipes for them and their variants, with modern measurements, if you want to bring the custom back.

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