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The thousand dollar dinner : America's first great cookery challenge

Author: Becky Libourel Diamond
Publisher: Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, [2015]
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A Lavish Seventeen-Course Meal that Launched a New Age of American DiningIn 1851, fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico's, New York's finest restaurant. They asked Lorenzo Delmonico to "astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast," and assured him that money was no object, as the honor of New
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Diamond, Becky Libourel, author.
Thousand dollar dinner
(OCoLC)910334689
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Becky Libourel Diamond
ISBN: 9781594166020 1594166021
OCLC Number: 927143385
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A Lavish Seventeen-Course Meal that Launched a New Age of American DiningIn 1851, fifteen wealthy New Yorkers wanted to show a group of Philadelphia friends just how impressive a meal could be and took them to Delmonico's, New York's finest restaurant. They asked Lorenzo Delmonico to "astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast," and assured him that money was no object, as the honor of New York was at stake. They were treated to a magnificent banquet, enjoyed by all. However, not to be outdone, the Philadelphia men invited the New Yorkers to a meal prepared by James W. Parkinson in their city. In what became known as the "Thousand Dollar Dinner," Parkinson successfully rose to the challenge, creating a seventeen-course extravaganza featuring fresh salmon, baked rockfish, braised pigeon, turtle steaks, spring lamb, out-of-season fruits and vegetables, and desserts, all paired with rare wines and liquors. Midway through the twelve-hour meal, the New Yorkers declared Philadelphia the winner of their competition, and at several times stood in ovation to acknowledge the chef 's mastery. In The Thousand Dollar Dinner: America's First Great Cookery Challenge, research historian Becky Libourel Diamond presents the entire seventeen-course meal, course by course, explaining each dish and its history. A gastronomic turning point, Parkinson's luxurious meal helped launch the era of grand banquets of the gilded age and established a new level of American culinary arts to rival those of Europe.

Describes in detail a lavish seventeen-course meal that launched a new age in American dining.

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