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Reconstructing Historic Royal Kitchens: The Kitchens of Henry VII & George III
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
New York, NY
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Reconstructing Historic Royal Kitchens: The Kitchens of Henry VII & George III
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Culinary Historians of New York in partnership with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden present:

"Reconstructing Historic Royal Kitchens"
Speaker: Marc Meltonville, Food Historian, Historic Royal Palaces, England

The kitchens of Hampton Court Palace are the largest Tudor kitchens in the United Kingdom, occupying 55 rooms and covering 3,000 square feet. When the palace was in use as a royal residence, about 600 courtiers were entitled to two meals a day from the palace kitchens. According to provisioning lists from the reign of Elizabeth I, during the course of one year 1,240 oxen, 8,200 sheep, 2,330 deer, 760 calves, 1,870 pigs, and 53 wild boar were cooked at Hampton Court.

In this illustrated talk, Marc Meltonville will share how he and his team restored these kitchens to working order, using recipes of the period as a guide. Marc will also give us a special peek into his latest project, the restoration of the kitchens of George III at Kew Palace, which are not yet open to the public. The presentation will be accompanied by a tasting of foods from the Tudor and Georgian periods.

Originally trained in ceramic history, form, and construction, Marc Meltonville worked for many years as a museum educator. In 1991 he was commissioned to work for Hampton Court Palace on the reconstruction of the Tudor kitchens under the guidance of food historian Peter Brears. In 2003 Marc took over the project coordination of the kitchens for Historic Royal Palaces.

More recently he was interviewed about the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on both BBC Television and Radio, and on the "CBS Early Show." Marc is also the author of more than 20 children's books (mostly about pirates!) and is currently at work on a book about experiments in using the Tudor great fire at Hampton Court, Roasting on the Fire of Henry VIII.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
417 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065

6:30 Reception and check in | 7:00 Lecture

Fee: $40 Non-Members & Guests | $25 CHNY/MVHM Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members

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Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61 Street
New York, NY 10065
United States

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