The National Abolition Hall and Fame and Museum in Peterboro, Madison County, is set to hold its annual 19th Century Heritage Dinner at 5 pm, Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro.
Michaels’s Fine Foods and Spirits will cater the dinner inspired by menus from a local cookbook with older recipes selected from people in the Peterboro area.
The dinner starts with potato croquettes and rye crostini topped with orange marmalade, a product developed by Nelson Farms Production Facility in collaboration with the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro. After a salad and the crab and gumbo soup, registered guests will be served their choices of Stuffed Beef, Chicken Pilau, Stewed Haddock, or Vegetable Fricassee with an aside of Black Skillet Corn Bread. Apple Bread Pudding for dessert completes the dining experience. Water, tea, and coffee will be served.
Michael Latreille will describe the menu and explain the elements of the recipes, as well as introduce his staff, teen volunteers, and his mentor Juanita Bass owner of the White House Berries Inn. Ever passionate about food, Latreille has worked for many establishments, including the military, before striking out on his own and establishing Latreille Catering and Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits. He resides in Hamilton NY with his wife and children. Latreille hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for a Waterville student who will be going to culinary school, and is involved with youth in a variety of ways in more than one community.
Dinner guest Kyle Bass, (Syracuse University and Burke Chair at Colgate University Spring 2019) will speak briefly about the public debut of Possessing Harriet, a play commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association to relate the escape of enslaved Harriet Powell from her owners in Syracuse, and her conversation with Elizabeth Cady (Stanton) during her hiding time at the Peterboro home of Cady’s cousin Gerrit Smith.
The public is encouraged to participate in any or all of the Induction Day activities on October 20 including the afternoon symposia and evening induction ceremonies for Frances E.W. Harper, Laura Smith Haviland, and Samuel J. May for which walk-ins are welcomed. Reservations for the dinner and the sandwich buffet lunch are due by October 8.
Photo of National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum provided.