Complimentary Dinners

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – Toward the end of the previous century, complimentary dinners were given occasionally when a group of gentlemen would gather together to honor one with a sumptuous dinner and many eloquent speeches.

Such a dinner was given by more than 50 men in December of 1890 for Grinnell Burt, who was not only president of the railroad but also active in many local business enterprises.

Another one was given in 1897 to Livingston Rutherfurd by a few friends. A souvenir menu card has been found which tells what they ate on this latter occasion: blue points on the half shell, ox tail soup, filet of beef with mushrooms, an ice and punch, with cigarettes, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, French peas, salad and celery, ice cream, wine jelly, cakes, fruits, coffee, sauterne and champagne.

The Demerest House was the scene of both of those complimentary dinners.