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March 04, 2016

Attend a 19th century food demo and tasting at a Philly Victorian mansion

In the 1800s, chefs would name desserts after famous people

Food Desserts
Praline Marjolaine Miel /for PhillyVoice

A marjolaine is a four-layer meringue-nut cake with three different cream fillings, including praline.

In the 19th century, it was a common practice for chefs to name dishes after famous people. We eat these dishes daily and never think twice about who the food is honoring. Here's an example: Beef stroganoff is a 19th century Russian recipe named for a Count Stroganov.

While there are plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner staples named after famous people, the most popular are desserts. 

During a two-hour demonstration and tasting on Sunday, March 20, in Germantown, Becky Diamond will discuss which desserts date back to the 1800s. 

Samples will be provided throughout, as well.

The event will take place in Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, a Victorian mansion and museum. With limited space, reservations are required.

19th Century Food Demo and Tasting

Sunday, March 20
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | $25-$30 per person
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W. Tulpehocken St.
(215) 438-1861