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Posts Tagged English-Taste, page 2
27 SepTue / 2011In preparing for "English Taste," we spent considerable time at the dining tables of 18th-century England, but on the way stopped into the annals of 21st-century technology.
26 SepMon / 2011This is our second week hosting English Taste – the grandest eighteenth-century dinner party in Houston – and now that the rush of opening has subsided, we are ready to celebrate in the appropriate fashion. If you join us at this Thursday’s punch party, you will share in a delightful cup of history, and to that end, here is a bit more on the tale of English punch: The popularity of alcoholic punch in...
22 SepThu / 2011Next Thursday evening Rienzi, in partnership with CultureMap, is celebrating English Taste with a “punch party.” While this may bring visions of childhood favorites like Hi-C and lunchtime juice boxes, we are in fact taking a slightly more sophisticated and adult-like approach for this celebration, using eighteenth-century punch recipes. What exactly is eighteenth-century punch? Generally, it is described as a blend of spirits, citrus, sugar, and spices. The drink became popular during...
15 SepThu / 2011The past few days have been a flurry of activity at Rienzi. MFAH staff members from several different departments – curatorial, preparations, conservation, and mounts – are all busy working alongside English food historian Ivan Day on the installation of English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century. They are busy arranging Ivan’s delicious and sometimes unusual looking historical faux food on Rienzi’s Dining Room table for this exhibition which...