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1904 Menu Recreation: Roast Turkey

Posted on 11/16/2016 by Sharon Bell Comments(1)

We asked Biltmore Chef Spencer Hilgeman to create recipes inspired from the archival 1904 menu book for a modern Thanksgiving celebration. This second video on our three-part series details a...

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1904 Menu Recreation: Oysters on the 1/2 Shell

Posted on 11/15/2016 by Sharon Bell

In Biltmore's Archives, a cherished diary detailing menus for luncheons and dinners served between Sepember 27 and December 31, 1904 is safely stored. Kept by estate cook Ester Anderson,...

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The Right Thing at the Right Time: A Philanthropic Legacy

Posted on 11/07/2016 by Amy Dangelico

Biltmore forester Carl Schenck once wrote: “Personally, I can say that Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt detest publicity, preferring to do the right thing at the right time without beating a drum...

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The Emperor’s Chess Set

Posted on 10/23/2016 by Amy Dangelico

Some people have a knack for choosing the perfect gift. On George Vanderbilt’s 21st birthday, his friend James McHenry proved to be one of those people. The railroad financier’s gift...

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The Banquet Hall Tree: A Christmas at Biltmore Tradition

Posted on 10/21/2016 by Amy Dangelico Comments(1)

The 35-foot-tall Fraser fir selected for the Banquet Hall each year is always the tallest tree inside Biltmore House. Adorned with hundreds of lights and ornaments, the towering tree is a beloved...

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