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“Food To Die For”

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Food to Die For Cookbook

Many of you who read our blog posts, from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, know of and have visited Old City Cemetery, in Lynchburg, VA.  A unique spot in Lynchburg, it obviously started out as merely a cemetery.  Funeral customs in the 1800’s encouraged family, friends and others to spend time in the cemetery “visiting” the departed, sharing picnic space with the departed, caring for the gravesites and enjoying a place of peace and beauty.

Today Old City Cemetery is visited in much the same way.  Every time we visit there are people walking the grounds, visiting the various grave sites, enjoying the roses, trees and plantings, taking time for quiet reflection at the fish pond, swinging in the giant swing hanging fro the pecan tree or learning about the cemetery by visiting the village of small museums or participating in a tour.

The book Food To Die For A Book of Funeral Food, Tips and Tales, by Jessica Bemis Ward was first published in 2004.  Published as a fund raiser, 100 percent of the cookbook’s profits have benefitted the cemetery.  Initially the profits were allocated toward the building of the cemetery’s chapel and columbarium, which were completed in 2006.  Since it’s first publication more than 16,000 copies of the cookbook have been sold, raising funds for various projects throughout the cemetery.

The more than 100 recipes found within the pages of the cookbook are for comfort foods, the types of dishes taken to bereaved families or relatives.  Chapters include casseroles, main dishes, soups, vegetables and side dishes, breads and desserts.  The recipes were gathered from various sources, including local cooks, friends and relatives of Jessica’s, along with many from Jessica herself.

In addition to the delicious recipes the book is full of practical information.  How to write an obituary. Writing condolence notes and thank you’s for funeral food.  Advice pertinent to funeral food: send food in a non-returnable container, include a copy of the recipe along with your dish, along with reheating instructions.  Extra advice: two small pans are better than one large one, how to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and many other useful tips and hints.

We have enjoyed reading and studying this book.  There are several recipes we have used, both at the B & B and in our “normal” life.  Be sure to try the Blueberry Bundt Cake, the Classic Chicken Tetrazzini (great for leftover Thanksgiving turkey), or Jane White’s Corn Pudding (which is very similar to Mike’s Grandmother’s recipe she passed down to me.)

Strangely enough this book makes for an interesting read, even if you are not looking for a recipe to help comfort someone you know that has experienced a loss.  Next month you will find a blog post written for the companion book Food To Live For We’re Alive and Cooking.

Both of these books can be purchased at the Old City Cemetery Visitor Center.  They each cost $25.00, with all proceeds remaining at the cemetery.  Old City Cemetery is located at 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501.  434.847.1465 or www.gravegarden.org.

Black History Month: Origins and Purpose

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Legacy Museum

On February, 25, 2018 the Legacy Museum will be presenting an afternoon of celebration in honor of Black History Month.  This event is celebrated annually.  Created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, he was the son of freed slaves from Virginia who became one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard University.

Today Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February, in the United States.  African American History is a complex and amazing story which dates back to 1619, when the first slaves arrived from the west coast of Africa.  The celebration includes stories of courage, cruelty, hope, fear, ignorance and cowardice, all of which helped shape our nation’s past.  In addition, the program will highlight historical insights and information that explain the importance of observing this special month.  At the conclusion of the program a traditional soul food “Sunday Supper” will be available for those in attendance.

The program and supper will take place at The Miller Center, 301 Grove Street, Lynchburg, VA between the hours of 4 until 6 p.m.  434.455.5858.  The Miller Center was completed in 1911.  Originally it served as Miller Park Elementary School.  The program will take place in the Theater Room number 205.  The second floor theater space once served as the auditorium for the elementary school.

Contact The Legacy Museum, 434.845.3455 for more information or to acquire tickets to the Sunday Supper.  The program is free and open to the public.

 

Chocolate Delight

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The Carriage House Inn Massage and BodyWorks Studio is introducing the “Chocolate Delight” body treatment.  Sound like a great way to wish your special one a happy Valentine’s Day?

This body treatment and massage uses a hot chocolate sugar polish, to exfoliate and leave the skin looking and feeling fresh and smooth.  After the body polish a yummy smelling chocolate body cream is used in conjunction with a Swedish massage.  This 60-minute treatment is specially priced at $135.00 during the month of February.  What a great way relax!

Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg, VA at 434.846.1388 to make your appointment.  When calling ask us about our room availability to make this Valentine’s Day even more special.  Advanced appointments are required.

Sonnets and Chocolates

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Sonnets and Chocolate

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Lynchburg, Virginia’s Academy Center for the Arts will be hosing the 6th Annual Sonnets and Chocolates fundraiser.  Presented by Endstation Theatre Company this event raises money for Endstation’s 2018 summer season.

What is Sonnets and Chocolate?  It is a unique date night that allows you to spend time with someone you love sipping wine, enjoying a delicious dinner, eating chocolate, mingling with others who enjoy the arts, especially the theatre arts and raising money for a theatre company that entertains those who live in the greater Lynchburg area all summer long.  This year will feature a live auction that includes fantastic items, performances by some of the local actors and culminates in a vacation package to St. Thomas for 7-days and 6-nights!

The event is hosted in the Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre, located at the corner of 5th and Commerce Streets in downtown Lynchburg, VA between 6:00-9:30 p.m.  Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance.  Call 434.226.0686 or email office@endstationtheatre.org.