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Meals at Congressional “Messes”
In the 1800, members of Congress lived in Capitol Hill boardinghouses in groups known as “messes.” Based on state background or party loyalties, these intimate communities offered members of Congress camaraderie, moral support, and chances to wheel and deal. In this class, we’ll explore life in a notable mess through Abraham Lincoln’s experiences at Mrs. Sprigg’s across from the Capitol during his one term in the House of Representatives as we make recipes typical of boardinghouse fare from one of the most popular cookbooks of the 1800s, Eliza Leslie’s Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches. Recipes include beef-steak pie, carrot pudding, and short cakes.
Recover recipes and stories of the American past with historian and former pastry chef Amanda Moniz. In these fun hands-on classes, we’ll make historic recipes adapted for modern kitchens while we explore notable people and events from the colonial period to the late 1800s. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished cook, you’ll learn something new. All classes are hands-on and are open to anyone over the age of 16. Tickets are $40 per person and each participant receives a booklet with the recipes we make in the class.
Amanda Moniz is the Assistant Director of the National History Center of the American Historical Association. Before going to graduate school for a doctorate in American history, she worked at a number of bakeries and restaurants, including Mario Batali’s Babbo in New York City and Mark Furstenberg’s Breadline here in Washington. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR’s Kitchen Window, American Food Roots, the Historical Cooking Project, and in academic publications. She has also been featured in Roll Call, the Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAML’s Mornings with Brian & Larry, and the National Geographic Weekend Radio Show. Recently she has done research for a National Museum of American History FOOD in the Garden program on the War of 1812. She blogs at www.historysjustdesserts.