Wade House hosts blast from the past 19th century Hearthside Dinners
GREENBUSH – Wade House historic site in Greenbush will be hosting Hearthside Dinners, a foodways program in which participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal, prepared with their own hands, in the historic Wade House stagecoach hotel.
Continuing on Saturdays Feb. 24, March 17 and April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hearthside Dinner guests will experience a link to culinary history by helping to prepare 19th-century dishes on a wood-burning stove and over an open-hearth fire just as Mrs. Wade did more than 150 years ago.
A close gathering of up to 20 guests will be guided by costumed staff as they learn about historic food preparation, ingredients and historic cooking tools. Authentic recipes from late-19th-century cookbooks will be referenced.
Hearthside dinner participants use authentic recipes from late-19th-century cookbooks to prepare a midday meal at Wade House. When the dinner preparation chores are complete, guests receive a guided tour through the stately stagecoach hotel and learn about the respite which it offered to weary travelers along the plank road between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac in the 1850s and 1860s.
Once dinner is prepared, participants gather family-style in the lovely Wade House dining room for a wonderful sit-down meal with lively conversation. The menu will feature a delectably abundant feast of squash soup, pork loin roast, red cabbage with apples, mashed turnips, glazed carrots, cranberry muffins, bread pudding, cider cake, apple cider and coffee.
The meal concludes with everyone pitching in to clear the table, wash dishes (19th-cenury style) and sweep the hearth.
Hearthside Dinners are $55 per person, and reservations are required. For questions about the program or to reserve a spot at the table, please call 920-526-3271. Private Hearthside Dinners for groups of 10 to 20 may also be arranged.
The Wade House historic site is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, please call 920-526-3271 or visit www.wadehouse.org.
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