Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Dinner 1914

I violated my own rule and skipped ahead in the scrapbook.  But I couldn’t resist when I saw this.

Menu Front

Here I am 98 years later planning the menu for the big feast – wouldn’t it have been fun to recreate the menu?

Menu Inside

Look at that spread for just $1.50 per plate! 

A few of these menu items remind me so much of my grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer.  I remember she loved abalone and would order it when she had the chance.  Even my maternal grandmother, Clara Fitzgerald, had abalone shells lining the little pond in her front yard.  And Loraine loved mince meat pie - she must have been in heaven when she sat down for Christmas dinner in 1914!  She wrote in her scrapbook “Had Christmas dinner at Pebble Beach Lodge – very enjoyable.  December 25, 1914”.  I’m sure she was there with her parents, Abe and Bertha (Schwartz) Gunzendorfer, as well as her younger brother, Wilton Gunzendorfer.  I like to think the entire Gunzendorfer clan gathered at the lodge for a very special celebration.

As we celebrate over the next few days, I’ll be thinking of this very special dinner in 1914.  Happy holidays to all – the past and the present!

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