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Getting a Taste of the Tavern in Pburgh

PLATTSBURGH - The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee is giving people a taste of what's to come with its annual Taste of the Tavern.

Kate Besaw, who oversees the event for the committee, explained Taste of the Tavern is a sampling of fare to be offered at the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend this September.

"We give people a taste of how people ate back then," said Besaw, referring to the early 1800s. "They ate was produced on the farm and the meat was what they could trap or shoot."

"There was no Price Chopper," Besaw added, with a laugh.

This year, there will be six stations with two dishes available at each station, said Besaw, featuring entrees including slow-roasted chicken, steak, sausages and seafood - all prepared with this September in mind.

"We have surveys for people to rate the overall taste and desirability of each dish," explained Besaw. "The highest-rated dishes become part of the actual menu for the Israel Green Tavern in September."

The September tavern, named after a Quaker tavernkeeper during the early 1800s, almost takes as much preparation as the one next weekend. Taste of the Tavern takes months of preparation, said Besaw, from planning the menu to outlining the shopping list. But it's not all in vain when Besaw and her band of faithful volunteers hear the positive feedback from those who attend the event.

"It's a tremendous amount of planning, but it's fun because the community gets involved," said Besaw. "That's why we continue to do this."

Besaw noted even though the event focuses on food of yesteryear, she keeps in mind people with food allergies and special diets.

"We also have vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. We do have to be sensitive to current dietary needs," she said.

Taste of the Tavern will be held next Saturday, March 27, at The Burgundy Room, 770 State Route 3. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m., with the cost of admission $15 per person. Musical entertainment will be provided by Towne Meeting and those attending are encouraged to dress in clothing of the 19th century.

For more information, contact Besaw at 314-6632.

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