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What did the delegates eat during the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

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nerdybane | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2009 at 9:59 AM via web

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What did the delegates eat during the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 20, 2009 at 11:39 PM (Answer #1)

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Since most of the delegates to the Convention had travelled to the get there, they most likely ate most of their meals in taverns where they would continue to discuss the issues of the Convention over their meals.  Looking at the menus of the times listed by some of the taverns at Williamsburg, VA, and some historic taverns in Philadelphia, they would have eaten smoked meats including duck and fish as well as some tavern favorites such as Peanut Soup, stuffed quail, and "Bubble and Squeak," which is a dish of potatoes and cabbage.  They would have also have frequently had meat and poultry stews as well as bread and ale.  Many of them may have eaten at the popular "City Tavern" of  Philidelphia which remains a going concern today and is just about to publish an historic cookbook of its recipes

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