Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Historic Dining Room Display at Riversdale House Museum, 2017

Today I created the 2017 Spring Dining Room display for the c. 1801 Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland.  Riversdale is an elegant Federal era manor house that was constructed between 1801-1807. It was home to George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore and Rosalie Stier Calvert, member of a wealthy Flemish aristocratic family who were forced to flee Belgium to escape the French Revolution.  You can click here to read more about this wonderful historic treasure in Prince George's County.

The dining room display recreates the second course of very elegant meal worthy of a family as wealthy and genteel as the Calverts and their equally esteemed guests.

Here is the schematic for the dishes on the table:

The dishes chosen are all based on spring menus from historic cookbooks and are seasonal to spring which is indicated by the inclusion of asparagus, new potatoes, green goose (goose available in spring), and ham. Raised pies are also included in this scenario. Click here to read all about these artistic and very historic types of pies.

In addition, there are some dessert selections on the sideboard which include cheese and seasonally-appropriate strawberry blanc manges,, which are a type of jellied milk pudding.

Strawberry Blanc Manges

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