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George Washington Dinner

Come celebrate with the Morris-Jumel Mansion for a historically-inspired multi-course dinner, featuring 18th-century dishes.

The Annual George Washington Dinner commemorates the cabinet dinner held at what was then known as Mt. Morris on July 10th, 1790, attended by President George Washington and his wife Martha, Vice President John Adams and his wife Abigail, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza, and other prominent cabinet members.

5:00 | VIP Preview (see below for ticket information)

6:00 | Cocktail Hour

7:00 | Program & Dinner on the North Lawn

Program - Historian Ramin Ganeshram will speak about her book The General’s Cook and how Hercules, George Washington’s enslaved chef, became famous for both his culinary prowess and for ruling his kitchen like a commanding general.

Entertainment 18th-century music will be provided by Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra

Menu - The George Washington Dinner will feature a series of 18th-century inspired dishes, wine, and specialty cocktails.

VIP PREVIEW: America’s First Octagon Restored: Highlighting the restoration of the Octagon Room -Guests will have the opportunity to step inside the Morris-Jumel Mansion before the dinner for a special tour of the museum focusing on the recently unveiled restoration of the Octagon Room. Hear from museum consultant James W. Tottis and Catherine Buscemi of Belfry Historic Consultants on selecting and recreating the wallpaper, carpet, and upholstery for the first Octagon-shaped room in the colonies.

About the Featured Speaker - Ganeshram is a veteran journalist, who has written features for the New York Times and for New York Newsday. As a professionally trained chef with a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia, she is a celebrated food columnist who has been awarded seven Society of Professional Journalist awards for her work and an IACP Cookbook of The Year Award. Ganeshram is the author of several cookbooks. As an American of Trinidadian and Iranian heritage, she specializes in writing about multicultural communities as a news reporter and about food from the perspective of history and culture. Her work has appeared in SaveurGourmetBon AppetitNational Geographic TravelerForbes TravelerForbes Four Seasons, and many others. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in Westport, Connecticut she lives in Westport, Connecticut where she is Executive Director of Westport Historical Society and the curator of the award winning exhibit, Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport, for which she won an Excellence award from New England Museum Association. Remembered is a 2019 Excellence Award winner from the American Association for State & Local History and has also garnered an award from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and a nomination for the national medial from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Ticket and Table Info - Advanced registration is required. Guest names and seating requests must be made by Thursday, July 11th. We will do our best to accommodate specific seating requests. For additional event information, please email or call 212-923-8008.


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