Travel back to 1851, as 30 of the wealthiest New Yorkers and Philadelphians gathered at Philadelphia’s renowned Parkinson’s restaurant for a show-stopping 17-course feast staged over 12 hours. The meal showcased the finest ingredients available, presented in the most elaborate cooking methods of the period, each paired with rare Old World Wines. So luxurious were the dinner’s numerous courses that it was dubbed “The Thousand Dollar Dinner” in reference to the impressive grocery list price tag. This Edible History 19th Century feast recreates seven of the original dishes featured at this meal in 1851 and illustrates the transition of French culinary techniques into the American culinary lexicon.

First
Oysters

Second
Potage a la Reine

Third
Rockfish a la Chambord

Fifth
Vol-au-vent à la Financière

Sixth
Sorbets au vin de Tokia.

Seventh
Agneau a la Diamond

Eighth
Gateau au Napolitaine