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2024 Food History: Vive Lafayette

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 6pm- 8pm

Join us to experience and taste our interpretation of a French dinner inspired by the General Marquis de Lafayette. In August 1824, the acclaimed general returned to the United States for a final tour of the country. He appeared in all 24 states, traveling 6,000 miles in 13 months. Parades, dances, and dinners welcomed him across the country. One of his stops included Marietta. Our featured speaker will be Erin Augenstein, Executive Director of Campus Martius Museum. She will engage our audience with the enthralling story of Lafayette’s monumental tour and the exciting plans for commemorating its 200th anniversary in 2024 – 2025.




Photo Credit: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the John Hay Whitney Collection


Our Speaker

Erin Augenstein serves as the Executive Director of the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education, a second Masters Degree in Strategic Public Relations, and a Certificate in Museum Studies. She believes museums play a vital role in attracting tourists (and their dollars) to our community, and is honored to work with the American Friends of Lafayette on the Bicentennial Commemoration of General Lafayette’s grand tour as the Guest of the Nation. Erin, her husband, Mark and daughters Nora and Josie are museum enthusiasts, and will excitedly describe the most intricate details of their favorite exhibits to anyone who will listen.


The menu reflects both classical French and American cuisine appropriate for the time period of Lafayette’s return visit. There is no record of a meal served to Lafayette during his journey, although he was certainly wined and dined quite often. What we have included are food connections with Lafayette, such as hams being sent to him from Mount Vernon and a noted record of the “nation’s guest” enjoying ice cream at one of his stops. We have combined this encounter with ice cream with the fact that the French aristocracy was wild about oranges; even growing them at the Palace of Versailles.

First Course

Pâte aux Champignons (Mushroom Pastie)

Salade de Bistrot (Bistro Salad)

Second Course

Jambon à la Sauce Madère (Ham with Madeira Sauce)

Haricots Verts (Green Beans)

Patates Douces (Sweet Potatoes)

Cheese Course
Fromage (Cheese)

Baguette au Beurre (Buttered Baguette)

Dessert Course
Sorbet à L’orange (Orange Sorbet)

Madeleine au Chocolat à L’orange (Orange Chocolate Madeline)

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption Social Hall
506 4th St., Marietta, OH


$40/Castle Members & Volunteers (Use Code “foodmember” at check out)

Have a group of 6 or more? Call about our group rate.

**Reservations required by 5pm Thursday, March 7**




In partnership with The Cook’s Shop conveniently located in historic, downtown Marietta!




With generous support from the Arthur and Jeane Edwards Charitable Fund, Marietta Community Foundation.







St. Mary's Basilica Social Hall (basement)

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