Dining in the Gilded Age - A Treat
Florham Site of Lavish Dinners
Madison, NJ (September 30, 2006) — Dining in the Gilded Age was a treat for both the eye and the palate. On Sunday afternoon, October 29, Friends of Florham invite the public to discover “Dining in the Gilded Age” with David Breslauer, executive director of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Jeffery Gourley, executive chef, Gourmet Dining.
“Florham,” the Vanderbilt-Twombly estate that is now FDU’s College at Florham, was the site of many lavish dinners during the Gilded Age and that same Mansion is the setting for the presentations and reception on October 29.
In his demonstration “The Menu of the Twombly Table,” Jeffrey Gourley will use the cookbook of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly’s chef, Joseph Donon, as a starting point to discuss the dinner parties and menus of the Gilded Age.
Gourley is a member of The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s premier gourmet societies. It was founded in Paris and traces its roots to 1248. The Society’s United States headquarters is on the College at Florham Campus. Currently with Gourmet Dining, Gourley was previously banquet chef at the four star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in McLean, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
Breslauer’s presentation, “Dinner Table to Auction Block: A Gilded World Sold,” will include pieces of the Crown Derby dinnerware sold at auction at Florham and purchased by the Museum. He will discuss the Florham auction and some notable items from that sale. The “Treasures from Florham, ” a checklist for the 2005 exhibit at the Museum of items purchased in the auction, will be distributed.
David Breslauer has been the executive director of the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum since 1995. He has curated a number of exhibits, included those on Thomas Nast and New Jersey Stoneware as Artful Goods. Previously, Breslauer was the executive director of the Red Mill Museum, Clinton, NJ. He earned his MAT-Museum education degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“Dining in the Gilded Age” begins at 3 p.m. in The Mansion, College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Admission, including refreshments at the reception, is $10. No reservations are necessary. For directions or further information, call FDU’s Public Relations Office at 973 443 8661.