November 29th

DINNER AGAIN, with a slightly new format to the menu. Inspired by the structure of a menu recorded to have been served in Thomas Jefferson's house in early 1800's Virginia, two courses will be followed by a selection of "Seven Sweets" & "Seven Sours" and then dessert. This menu grapples with the question of what "American food" even is. Utilizing a composition which highlights historical methods of processing & preservation. Jams, pickles, fruit cheeses & butters, lacto-ferments, jellys, & mustards in tandem with ancient methods of sausage making (dates back to the bronze age), nixtamalization (1200–1500 BC), and the Pretzel (my personal favorite food/contested roots anywhere from 610AD Italian monks to 12th century Germany). The fact that the menu whose structure has inspired my own was almost certainly made by enslaved chefs (Jefferson enslaved more people than any other US president) speaks volumes about American food and the generally uncredited knowledge, tradition, and skill of enslaved chefs and their lineage—who created much of what we recognize as American cuisine today. The "Pineapple Upsidedown Cake" lastly, served for dessert, is a recipe cut out of the LA Times in the 1930's by my great, great, grandmother. It has been passed down and is always used for birthday cake in my family. This ticket is for the above mentioned multiple course (prix fixe) menu and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for each guest upon arrival on the evening of NOVEMBER 29TH 2022 at 7pm. Dinner will be served at family style banquet tables and a specially curated list of wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for additional purchase on the night of.