Delmonico, Lorenzo. Ball in Honor of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. New York, October 12, 1860 Menu. New York: Delmonico’s, printed by Spear, 1860. A menu printed on silk for a banquet given in honor of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be crowned King Edward VII, called ‘the event of the age,’ by the Commercial Advertiser. Held at New York’s Academy of Music, this ball required Lorenzo Delmonico to display all his culinary talents. Lorenzo Delmonico did not disappoint. “With pink and white drapery, the rooms of the medical college had been transformed into exotic tents. On the buffet tables, the magnificently presented dishes, with their elegant-sounding French names, were presented by Lorenzo Delmonico, the owner of Manhattan’s best restaurant.” Printed on beige-colored silk with brown type, this very fragile surviving menu measures 17 cm x 11 cm, having been trimmed slightly from its original size. There are a few places on the upper left side where the silk has broken, and there is slight loss of fabric but no loss of text. See: Ian Radforth, Royal Spectacle. The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004, reprinted 2019, pages 354 – 355.
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