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Dinner Party at Harris-Cameron Mansion includes lavish Victorian meal

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The décor and music of the period will provide the setting for a Gala Victorian Dinner by the JDK Group caterers at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the public rooms of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

The dinner is presented as part of the year-long observance of the 250th Anniversary of the National Historic Landmark mansion. The evening will start with hors d'œuvres and champagne punch, followed by dinner of dishes often found at fashionable tables in the Victorian era (1837-1901). Included are Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato and Kale Soup; Sole Meunière with Pommes Château; Chicken Fricasée with Farro Rissoto; pineapple mint sorbet, a palate cleanser; and Braised beef Short Rib. Chocolate Plum Cake garnished with rose petals will complete the evening's fare. Wine and craft beer will be presented by the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.

Harp and string music will accompany the evening's activities. Formal attire or period dress are optional.

Among the most popular social engagements of the Victorian era, the dinner party allowed the host to display the status and refinement of his family. Simon Cameron, one of the wealthiest men of his day, no doubt enjoyed offering this type of hospitality to the leading citizens of Harrisburg during his residency at the mansion from 1863 to 1889. His wife and daughter, both named Margaretta, were surely among the city's most gracious hostesses.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person, or $250 for supporting patrons (includes listing in program). For reservations, call (717) 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org by Tuesday, November 8. Seating is limited. Major credit cards are accepted. Free parking is provided in the Harrisburg Hospital Visitor Parking garage at Mary and South River Streets.

More information may be found at www.dauphincountyhistory.org.

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