Ulysses S. Grant Meets Ida Lewis at Victorian Banquet

Ulysses S. Grant looking Presidential

 

It was a step back in time, as The Newport Historical Society hosted its second annual "Culinary Adventure", inspired by the 1869 meeting between Ulysses S. Grant and Ida Lewis. (Yes, they were both there, and conversing.)Newport's  Colony House was the setting for Victorian splendor, as attendees glimpsed 19th century Newport, both visually through the elegant table settings, and historically as costumed historical interpreters recreated the historic meeting.

Historic interpreters portraying Ida Lewis  L) and Mrs. J.K. Bucklyn (r.) with Brenda Calkins & Cynthia Sinclair

The sit-down five course meal was inspired by several Victorian banquet menus from the collections of the Newport Historical Society. The food was created in the spirit of the 1870, and which included grilled swordfish with pea and mint beurre blanc, tenderloin of beef a la modern, and a seared duck breast chilled sala, all revised for the modern palette by the staff of McGrath’s Clambakes. Wine pairings were created by John Callaghan of Bellevue Wine & Spirits.

 

The guests at the Culinary Adventure


Seen were Show Chairs Elizabeth Leatherman and Susan Jacquet, President Ulysses S. Grant and “America’s bravest woman,” Ida Lewis, along with many Newport guests who love history.

For more information about the Newport Historical Society’s events, visit www.NewportHistory.org. 

 

Images by Nick Mele

 

Co-chair Susan Jacquet & Ernest Jacquet

 

 

Dallas Pell & Elena Kissel

 

Co-chairs Susan Jacquet & Elizabeth Leatherman

 

Guests awaiting dinner

 

John Murphy & Woody Woodworth

 

 

Barbara Lloyd Baker & Dick Baker

 

Liz & Emlen Drayton

 

Carolyn & David Brodsky

 

President Grant. Woody Woodworth, Elizabeth Leatherman & Ronald Lee Fleming

 

Ulysses S. Grant. Woody Woodworth, Elizabeth Leatherman & Ronald Lee Fleming, Lisa & Tom Goddard

 

Paul Miller & Charlie Burns

 

David & Leslie Reed

 

Brenda Calkins, Brenda Nienhouse, Cynthia Sinclair & Pamela Giroux

 

Bing West, Ed Kane, Marty Wallace & Betsy West

 

 

 

?, Ron Fleming, the Brodskys & Bill Leatherman discuss history

 

Nancy Parker Wilson, Jay Page & Stephanie Forstmann

 

Ruth Taylor with Torre & Patricia Peterson

 

Ruth Taylor speaking with Tom & Lisa Goddard

 

Geri & Fred Zillan

 

Timothy and Kelly Wilke

 

Hope & Lloyd Griscom

 

George Herrick speaks with Nancy Evans &Ulysses S. Grant

 

Pamela Giroux & historic interpreter Rebecca Donohue

 

It was 1869 at The Colony House

  

Pat Kidder & Vivienne Spencer Fluette

  

Victoria Leiter Mele & Elena Kissel

 

Dr. Joe Mele & Hope Griscom

 

Betsy West, Kimberly Palmer & Elena Kissel

 

Peter Lacaillade & Virginia Decker

 

Stell Anderson, Bill Leatherman,  Marty Wallace & Ed Kane

 

Bing West, Nanette Herrick & Richard Burnham

 

Garry Fischer & Ron Fleming (c.)

 

David Reed, Kelly Coen, Leslie Reed & Thomas McGue (far left), Pam Kelley & Pat McGue

 

Enjoying the historic menu

 

 

 

On the Culinary Adventure

 

Historical Society Executive Director Ruth Taylor, Tom Goddard & Doug Newhouse

 

Doug Newhouse & Ruth Taylor

 

Elena Kissel, Rebecca,Donohue, Ida Lewis &  Elena Kissel

 

Peggy Richmond, Ann Hogg, Garry Fischer, Admiral James Hogg & Angela Fischer discuss the fare

 

Bill Leatherman, Stell Anderson & Emlen Drayton

 

Taylor Stoermer & Historic Interpreter of Rebecca J.K. Bucklyn

 

Elizabeth Leatherman, Susan Jacquet  with Lisa & Tom Goddard
 

 

Mrs. J.K. Bucklyn, Ida Lews, Ulysses S. Grant

 

 

Ulysses S. Grant & Ida Lewis shake hands

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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