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Mabry-Hazen House commemorates WWI centennial with “Taste of the Great War” dinner

KNOXVILLE – On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Mabry-Hazen House will host a period dinner to commemorate the American experience during World War I. April marks the centennial of American soldiers’ first experience on the Western Front, while the US Food administration led a campaign on the home front to reduce consumption of meat, wheat, fats, and sugars in order to feed the soldiers and citizens in Europe. Slogans such as “Food will win the war” urged Americans to support the war effort and substitute recipes for favorite dishes appeared throughout the nation to help Americans integrate alternative ingredients into their meals. Meatless Mondays. Local is best. Eat less wheat. These all sound like food fads plucked from 2017’s buzziest blog headlines but, in fact, share a tradition from the food habits pushed by the US Food Administration a century ago.

Partnering with HeartFire Culinary, Mabry-Hazen House will recreate the tastes and dishes from the Great War using historic cookbooks, period recipes, and locally sourced ingredients. Diners will enjoy a 5-course meal showcasing a different aspect of the culinary experience in 1918. Between each course Patrick Hollis, executive director of Mabry-Hazen House, will discuss the food habits, culinary trends, and US food policy influencing each dish. First World War artifacts from the original family collection will be on display for guests to view as well.

The dinner will take place in the Julia Meek Guest House, a 1924 Craftsman house, on the museum campus. Tickets are $100 per person. Wine will be provided, but guests are encouraged to BYOB. Seating is limited. All proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting or call 865-522-8661 for more information. Event takes place rain or shine.

​Mabry-Hazen House is located at 1711 Dandridge Ave.

The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located atop Mabry's Hill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1858, three generations of the same family resided in the Italianate-style home overlooking downtown Knoxville, Tennessee River, and Great Smoky Mountains. The museum showcases one of the largest original family collection in America with over 2,000 original artifacts on display. Furnished and decorated in the style of several decades, Mabry-Hazen gives a rare view into 130 years of Knoxville history.

Published April 18, 2018

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