Dining at the Governor’s Mansion by Carl McQueary sets the stage for the Menard Library Club’s first fundraiser of the year. The event will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11 am, at the Menard Country Club. Preceding the meal, guests will be treated to a review of the book by the accomplished Laura Austin. Ms. Austin’s address will be followed by a luncheon served at seven food stations, each representing an era in Texas history, as lived in the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
Admission is by reservation, $35 per person or $60 for two. Contact Lauren Porter at 325.262.2838 or 325.396.2085 to get your name on the list. Seating is limited to 68, with a few still available.
The ingredients in Dining at the Governor’s Mansion include one part culinary history and one part social history, and a generous helping of recipes cooked by Texas first ladies and two women governors, or in later years by their personal chefs, from the completion of the mansion in 1856 until 2003, when the book was published and Anita Thigpen Perry was a new First Lady of Texas.
McQueary incorporates the 225 recipes with family, social, and political events and considerable background on the mansion’s infrastructure challenges, interior decoration, landscaping and restoration – as well as with dilemmas faced by lack of space in the Mansion.
Where do you put a foreign head of state when your children take up the two spare bedrooms? How do you prevent the children from sliding down the banister? What was Will Rogers’ favorite dish, which he requested on his several visits to the Mansion?
Dining at the Governor’s Mansion will be available at the luncheon, along with a number of specially chosen books on Texas foods. All proceeds are tax-free and benefit the operating fund of the Menard Public Library.