For those who enjoy vintage items and old world entertainment, we have another menu for you. This one is a Christmas tasting menu that was issued by The Hotel Astor in 1950. The event was hosted by The Wine and Food Society of New York in the Belvedere Room of the Hotel Astor. It featured champagnes, sparkling wines, and biscuits (aka cookies) from around the world.
The menu has a wonderful selection of items that should capture your attention and spark a bit of nostalgia. But before we show it, we would like to share some history on the Hotel with you. If you are not interested, please scroll down.
Hotel Astor was a hotel located in the Times Square area of Manhattan, New York City from 1904 to 1967. It featured a long list of elaborately themed ballrooms and exotic restaurants: the Old New York lobby, the American Indian Grill Room decorated with artifacts collected with the help of the American Museum of Natural History, a Flemish smoking room, a Pompeiian billiard room, the Hunt Room decorated in sixteenth century German Renaissance style, and many other features. Artwork in the original lobby included four murals by William de Leftwich Dodge depicting Ancient and Modern New York and a statue of the Three Graces by sculptor Isidore Konti.
As a popular meeting place and New York City landmark, the Astor had a place in popular culture for decades, from the extended double entendre song “She Had to Go and Lose It at the Astor”, to its appearance in the 1945 film The Clock, which provides a good view of the wartime-era lobby (although reconstructed in Hollywood). Among many other musicians, the swing era bandleader Tommy Dorsey appeared regularly on the rooftop bandstand, and it was there that Frank Sinatra made early New York appearances with Dorsey’s band from 1940 to 1942. Another regular, in the 1950’s, was Carmen Cavallaro and his orchestra, advertised on the marquee under the banner “On the Astor Roof”.
Information on Astor Hotel is courtesy of wikipedia.org.
A CHRISTMAS TASTING MENU
Menu is courtesy of The New York Public Library | NYPL catalog ID: b16981665
This menu and event is such a wonderful idea! We love it not only for Christmas, but also for New Year’s Eve and other days throughout the year. There are so many items on it that we would love to try. And then the glamorous setting….
We hope you enjoyed taking a stroll through the past just as much as we did!
Now, here is a modern version of this tasting event hosted by United Cellars, where guests sampled over 20 of France’s finest Champagnes from the boutique producers to the Grande Marques, whilst enjoying Sydney’s finest rock oysters and beautifully matched canapés. Check it out here…
For the champagne tasting menu in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wnVmN64Rtg
For upcoming events by United Cellars: http://au.unitedcellars.com/item-type/Event