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History Bites

March 7 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

History Bites
Patrick Evans-Hylton

Emceed by Patrick Evans-Hylton

A food-tasting event of HISTORIC PROPORTIONS!

Back for a second year! Top restaurants and caterers in Hampton Roads will compete in a food-tasting event of historic proportions.

The event will be emceed by Hampton Roads celebrity “foodie” and “Virginia’s ambassador of taste” Patrick Evans-Hylton, whose columns can be read in Coastal Virginia magazine and The Virginian-Pilot. Evans-Hylton also regularly appears on WHRV’s “Hearsay,” and on WAVY TV’s Hampton Roads Show.

The contestants will prepare a selection of traditional 19th century dishes representing the North, the South and the Navy, preparing their best interpretations of dishes that may include:

  • Chicken Croquettes & Rissoles
  • Mulligatawny Soup
  • German Entremet
  • “A Nice Little Dish of Beef”
  • Sausage & Apples
  • Pepper-Pot
  • Tinned Beef Pie
  • Potato Balls
  • Sliced Apple Pudding
  • Skillygalee
  • And more!

During the Civil War, coffee beans were not always readily available, requiring folks to get creative about ingredients used to brew “coffee.” Participants will be asked to prepare a coffee beverage without using coffee beans.

Tasters will help award trophies, with awards being given in the following categories:

  • Judges’ Choice: our celebrity judges will be joined by Abraham Lincoln himself!
  • Ironclad Chefs’ Choice: Civil War food historians Wisteria Perry and Eric Jenneret will choose the most historically accurate dish
  • Best Presentation: Also chosen by our celebrity judges
  • Peoples’ Choice: 1st, 2nd and Best Coffee Beverage will be recognized, voted on by you!


Ticket Pricing:

Advance  (non-member/Museum Member) $35/30
Day of Event $45

Tickets include unlimited tastings from all participants and two drink ticket. A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine, grog and other specialty drinks of the Civil War-era. Come hungry!

Buy Tickets Here!



March 7
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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