Want to Dine Like the Bridgerton Family? Bucks County Community College Can Show You How

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Rolled sandwiches, a popular Gilded Age dish like these served for tea, are part of an upcoming culinary class at Bucks County Community College.

Local chefs who are fans of Netflix’ Bridgerton can learn the secrets to creating its signature, sumptuous dishes. A Gilded Age culinary class at Bucks County Community College (Bucks) breaks down the grandiose meals of the late 1870s — the time frame of the series — and makes them accessible to home cooks.

The April 23 session at Bucks Newtown is being led by food writer and research historian Becky Libourel Diamond, a Yardley resident. The cost is $55.

Diamond’s epicurean books include:

  • The Thousand Dollar Dinner, the unique story of a 19th Century culinary challenge between Philadelphia restaurateur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York.
  • Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s First Cooking School. It profiles Philadelphian Elizabeth Goodfellow. In addition to establishing one of America’s first culinary schools, she reportedly crafted the finest desserts and sweets in the U.S. of the early 1800s.
  • Work-in-progress volumes on Victorian Christmas and cookies and a coauthored history of Delmonico’s.

The Gilded Age has become something of a pop culture phenomenon, propelled by Bridgerton and its legion of fans.

HBO’s The Gilded Age is also fueling interest in the era. It routinely features lavish banquet tables set with snowy white linen tablecloths, delicate China, sparkling crystal glasses, and cuisine featuring rich soups, juicy roasts, and luscious desserts.

Beyond this standalone class, Bucks has another upcoming event of interest to local foodies. The college is holding a culinary and pastry arts open house, also at the Newtown campus.

The evening event (6–8 p.m.) offers tours and kitchen-culinary tutorials. It is open to the public in Founder’s Hall.

Registration information on the Gilded Age classwork is online.

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