I recently spent some time rifling through the New York Public Library’s extensive menu collection, and I came across this gem from 1842:
Some of the dishes served included: Larded Sweet Breads and Larded Fillet Beef; Plum Puddings, blazing; and, my favorite, Roast Bear. I think the hosts tried to American things up for Charlie D: “Look at us! We’re so wild in the States! We’re eating a bear!” I hope Mr. Dickens had a good time.
I think this menu has planted the seed of an idea for a future dinner party.