Posts Tagged ‘food’

Valentine Tea and Chocolate Tasting

Posted on: February 13th, 2016 by dbh-01


Join us on February 13th for an early celebration of Valentine’s Day. Bring your friends, family or special someone to enjoy tea and chocolates at the historic Dumbarton House. Guests will not only enjoy sweets, but will also be treated to a brief history of chocolates and tea. Take home a lavender sache of your own creation for your valentine.

Tasting at Dumbarton: An Early American Christmas

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by dbh-01


Part of the Tasting at Dumbarton Series

Tuesday, December 10, 2015 at 6 pm, $15 Member, $20 Nonmember

Learn about the traditions that have shaped how Americans have celebrated Christmas over time, from the Colonial days, to the age of the new republic, to the Victorian days. You’ll discover that Puritans deemed Christmas Day as the perfect day to butcher hogs whereas those on the plantations in the South celebrated with food, music, dancing and games. The history of those notable Christmas candies, cakes, breads, drinks, and cookies will, of course be included in this culinary journey of the Christmas holiday. Participants will have the chance to taste an original version of a sugarplum, a Twelfth Night cake, a classic Christmas cookie, and for a beverage, spiced wassail!

Homeschool History Day: Harvest Time

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by dbh-01

Summer Camp Biscuits 2

Would you eat oyster flavored ice cream? Could you make cookies with a recipe that has no exact measurements? Using primary sources and observation, students will learn how food was created and consumed at Dumbarton House (Oyster ice cream taste test not included!).




Time: 1-3pm

Cost: $6 students, $3 adults

Age: Programs are open to students ages 5-12.

Register online:

Advance registration strongly encouraged

Tasting at Dumbarton: Taking Tea

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by dbh-01


Part of the Tasting a Dumbarton Series

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6 pm, $15 Member, $20 Nonmember

Learn about the history of the tea drink and the tradition of taking tea as an afternoon snack or evening meal. Learn about the differences between high tea, low tea, and afternoon tea. The similarities and the differences between various popular tea types will be discussed in addition to an exploration of the history of classic tea treats such as the English muffin, crumpet, scone, and clotted cream. The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to taste hot tea, scones, 19th c. Lady Newport teacakes, and lavender shortbread.

Tasting at Dumbarton: A Taste of Chocolate

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by dbh-01


Part of the Tasting at Dumbarton Series 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6 pm, $15 Members, $20 Nonmembers

Learn about the history of chocolate processing from the pre-industrial days to the modern-day. At each step in the process, participants will be given samples of chocolate representative of each era. Cacao nibs, 18thcentury style chocolate from American Heritage Chocolates, white chocolate, milk chocolate, and a variety of dark chocolates will be tasted during this scrumptious chocolate journey.

Join us for “Tasting at Dumbarton” our Fall tasting series. A special food and beverage talk and tasting will occur each month in October, November, and December.  Interested in other Dumbarton House Tasting events? Consider purchasing a Tasting Series Pass.

Attend all three programs for a discounted price of

$40 for member, $45 general public.