Sunday, October 21, 2012

Coastal Carolina Tryon Palace Sponsors Austen Event: "Drinking with Jane"


Scene from Historic Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina where
Richard Foss will give the address:  "Drinking with Jane"

"Drinking With Jane Austen"
Dates/Times: Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Carolina History Center, Cullman Performance Hall
Description: The world portrayed in Jane Austen's books was one of elaborate banquets and sumptuous parties, but the author provided very few details on just what was consumed at those events, and some of the items she did describe are unfamiliar to the modern reader. Food and beverage writer Richard Foss will supply some of the details Ms. Austen left out - what refreshments both alcoholic and non-intoxicating were imbibed by the various social classes in England of 1800, and how Ms. Austen indicated the character of her characters from the things they chose to drink, or to serve. This lecture was first given at the annual meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Los Angeles in December of 2010.

Richard Foss has been writing about food and drink professionally since 1986, when he started reviewing restaurants for the Los Angeles Reader newspaper. Since then he has written for over twenty different publications, including contributing articles to the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures (Greenwood 2011). He is currently on the board of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, teaches a class called "500 Years of American Food" at Osher Institute/UCLA Extension, and has written a book on the history of rum that has been released by Reaktion Books. A sampling of beverages and period foods will be served following the program. Both alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Attendees who wish to partake in any sampling of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years of age or older. Reservations Strongly Suggested- Call 252-639-3524 for Tickets
Admission: $12 per adult, $10 per Council of Friends Member, $4 per child
Reservations Strongly Suggested- Call 252-639-3524 for Tickets

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