Dining Culture in the English Country House, 1600 to 1914

Thursday,  November 2,  2023
6:00 p.m  ET  lecture  ⋅  7:15 p.m.  ET  reception
The  Explorers  Club,  46  E  70th  St,  New  York,  NY
Live on YouTube


Please join AFA as we welcome IVAN DAY, British culinary historian, collector and chef extraordinaire, as the speaker for our 2023 annual benefit lecture.  Mr. Day’s talk will offer something for everyone, from the architecture of dining rooms to the decorative arts of table settings, and his historic meals never fail to bring interiors to life with the rich colors, textures, and aromas from the past.  As an experienced chef, Mr. Day will also consider the preparatory spaces and skilled women and men who designed these theatrical and ephemeral creations.  His lecture draws upon prints, paintings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts. This delectable and visually lavish presentation promises to be a feast for the eyes, and it will be followed by historic libations and gustatory temptations at a thematic reception.


About Ivan Day 

Mr. Day is internationally renowned for his research on British and Western European culinary history. He is equally celebrated for his meticulous re-creations of historic meals and table settings. His work has been exhibited in museums in the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bard Graduate Center, the Getty Research Institute, Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Fairfax House, the Bowes Museum, the Gardiner Museum and the Rothschild Collection. Mr. Day has published widely on the subject, including Eat, Drink and be Merry (Philip Wilson, 2000), Royal Sugar Sculpture (Bowes Museum, 2002), The Art of Cookery (Southover Press, 2005), Cookery in Europe 1650-1850 (Greenwood Press. 2008), and edited Over a Red Hot Stove (Prospect Books, 2009). He is currently working on a book about the influence of technology for the English Country House Kitchen 1590-1914.


This lecture is made possible by our generous Sponsors:

Ms. Kathleen B. Allaire  Mr. & Mrs. Tom and Kristin Kligerman
Ms. Jennifer Carlquist  Ms. Janine Luke
Ms. Margaret Civetta Mr. George McNeely
Ms. Amy Coes Miss Pauline C. Metcalf
Ms. Genevieve Cortinovis  Mrs. Linda L. Pasley
Ms. Sarah D. Coffin Ms. Susan J. Rawles
Mr. Robert G. Collins & Mr. E. Clothier Tepper Mr. Stewart Rosenblum
Ms. Karina Corrigan Mr. Charles C. Savage
Ms. Shelia ffolliott & Mr. Shepard Krech Mrs. Diana Carroll Toole
Ms. Merry Glosband Ms. Jennifer Trotoux
Ms. Michele Beiny Harkins Ms. Beth Carver Wees & Mr. J. Dustin Wees
Mr. E. Randolph Hooks as of September 28, updated weekly
Ms. Anne Kenny-Urban  

Tickets  /  $115 or $55

Individual tickets to the presentation and reception are $115 per person. New this year, guests age 35 and under may purchase tickets for $55. The tax-deductible portion of regular tickets is $75.

We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets online through the link below, before October 9 when prices increase to $150. Alternatively, you may RSVP by email to and complete your purchase online via our website.

Virtual Tickets  /  $40

For those not able to join us in New York, but who would like to watch the lecture online via livestream or to have access to the recording, tickets are $40 per person. The recording will be available for a 10 days rental period, following the event. Virtual Tickets are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Purchase Tickets


Lecture sponsors are essential to the success of AFA’s only annual fundraising event. For more information on the perks of  sponsorships, including a private dinner with Mr. Day after the event and complimentary access to the recording, please contact Administrator Erin Kuykendall. Patrons who would like to sponsor our event, but are unable to attend, will have access to a fully-tax deductible contribution as a Virtual Sponsor.


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