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William Pitt Tavern. Photo courtesy of Strawbery Banke Museum.




Holiday Dinners at the William Pitt Tavern

When: Saturday, Dec. 5, with seatings at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Other dinners held Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20)
Where: William Pitt Tavern, directly next to Pickwick’s at the Banke, 43 Atkinson St., Portsmouth
Tickets: $65 for adults, $25 for children. Limited seating is available. Purchase online at strawberybanke.org (go to the events tab, select Candlelight Stroll and scroll down to Pickwick’s at the Banke section). Dinner not included with Candlelight Stroll admission.




Huzzah for the holidays
Pickwick’s Mercantile debuts historic Holiday Dinners

11/26/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Step into A Christmas Carol and revel in the aura of a Dickensian dinner during Holiday Dinners at the William Pitt Tavern, a collaboration between Pickwick’s Mercantile, Pickwick’s at the Banke and Strawbery Banke Museum that kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Portsmouth.

“We wanted to create this homage to a vintage Christmas with all of those traditional holiday celebrations,” Thistle Jones, director of marketing for Pickwick’s Mercantile, said in a phone interview. 
From beef stew and biscuits to root and pumpkin pot pie, the four-course meal inspired by Black Trumpet Chef Evan Mallett was designed to make diners feel as if they’ve been transported back in time.
“He did quite a bit of research for the event,” Jones said. “He went into old colonial menus and infused it with his own culinary genius.”
The Portsmouth Brewery joined in the festivities as well, making a special brew with ingredients from Strawbery Banke Museum’s gardens. 
“I think everyone’s really excited about the collaboration. ... Everyone gets to do what they do best,” she said. “Our goals are really in line with supporting the community and collaboration is so important to us because Portsmouth is the perfect ground for synergy. It’s really a pretty magnificent backdrop for working together.”
Pickwick’s held its first themed dinner in February, a Galentine’s Day dinner that paired a meal from Moxy with cast members from The Vagina Monologues to benefit SASS/A Safe Place.
“We did a fabulous 40-person dinner that was a very very special dinner … so that was our intro to it,” Jones said. “And we knew we wanted to do something on a grander scale.”
This time around, the Holiday Dinners will feature a cast of characters played by local actors, imagined just for the event by Pickwick’s creative team. While it’s not dinner theater (Jones said to expect a more “organic” feel from the role-players) the hope is the same as with all of Pickwick’s shops and experiences — that the moment patrons enter they’re enjoying a performance. 
Innkeepers Chadwick and Goody Goodmeade are the hosts for the evening, two original characters that Jones said were created with a “respect for the history” in the area yet with a “loosely Dickensian feel.” Live music rooted in the area’s maritime tradition will accompany the meal.
The dinners are held alongside Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Strolls, which feature horse-drawn carriage rides, historical demonstrations and lots of candle boxes lighting the lanes between historic houses. Jones said the idea is to “utilize the tavern when it was even more beautiful that it usually is.” 





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