A Celebration Menu
After reviewing a 19th century menu from the American Hotel for
a special celebration, students will recognize the different foods
that people of the 19th century enjoyed. They will also compare
these foods to the foods we enjoy today.
Bill of fare, ornamental, confectioneries, game, grouse
- What foods were enjoyed for special occasion dinners in the
- How do these foods compare with the foods of today?
- What information can we gather about people living in Cleveland
in the 19th century by analyzing this menu?
Ask students for what types of events would you have a special
celebration dinner? What would they serve at such a dinner? What
do they consider to be favorite foods for a special dinner?
Distribute copies of The American Hotel Bill of Fare. Review
the menu with the class, using the Analysis Sheet as a guide.
(This activity can also be done in cooperative groups where each
group has copies of the menu and analysis sheet. After they complete
their research, the information can then be shared and discussed
with the class.)
*An additional activity can include students searching through
current cookbooks to discover recipes for these foods, such as
Charlotte Russe, "Kole Slaw", Escalloped Oysters, pyramids,
Ask students to think about a special event they would like
to celebrate with a special meal. What foods would they like to
include? Ask them to design a menu for this occasion. Encourage
them to be as creative as they would like in the design of the
menu. (Many times these are kept as keepsakes as reminders of
the special event.) If this is done as a cooperative group activity,
groups should also decide the special event that will be celebrated
and be certain to include a fact sheet of information concerning