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1812 Naval Dinner, Sat., Apr. 30, 6 pm

Dear Members,

Our 1812 Naval Dinner is coming up this Saturday, April 30, and I wanted to take one last opportunity to invite you to join the Club's officers (including me) for a dinner inspired by the seagoing adventures of Patrick O'Brian's Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin.

Dinner starts at four bells (6:00 p.m.). You can reserve a seat at the captain's table via Susan Converso, 917-225-6469, (Please see the message below for the menu.)

The Master and Commander books are great reads. Rather than clutter your Inbox with my enthusiasm, though, I've added some brief posts on the books, Saturday's menu, and O'Brian's own unlikely life to the Club's Entertainment and Restaurant forum.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday evening, I remain,

Yr obd't svt,

Douglas McCormick

The 2022 Rear Commodore's Dinner An 1812-Style Naval Officer's Feast Saturday, April 30th, 6pm The menu - adapted by Rear Commodore Doug McCormick and Steward Anne Booth from Patrick O'Brian's books and their gastronomic companion, Lobscouse & Spotted Dog - will offer a taste of what life was like at the top of the naval hierarchy. First Course Navy Bean Soup Or New England Clam Chowder Family Style Platters Roast Pork with Crispy Crackling and Caramelized Apples Lobscouse- Corned Beef Hash with Yukon Golds and Sweet Onions Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod with Citrus Sauce and Parsley Mashed Rutabaga with Roasted Garlic Curried Rice Pilaf with Cauliflower, Peas, Toasted Cashews and Cilantro Salmagundi: English Garden Salad with Butter Lettuce, Watercress, Tomatoes, Crispy Beets, Cucumbers, Asparagus, Lemon-Hazelnut Vinaigrette Hard Tack Dessert Mixed Berry Trifle: Layered Sponge Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream, Lemon Curd, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries Period Dress Optional. Reservations: Susan Converso 917-225-6469, Adults: $40.00 Plus tax & tip Children 3-12: $16.00 plus tax & tip

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It was an outstanding event! Well received by all who attended!


This sounds like a great event Doug. Thanks for arranging it. Sorry I'm going to have to miss it due to a conflict. I've read all the books, most of them twice. I also recommend A Sea of Words by Dean King. It's essentially a glossary to all the terms O'Brian uses.

Douglas McCormick
Douglas McCormick
Apr 28, 2022
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Steve, thanks for the recommendation. I enjoyed Dean King's bio, "Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed." (I'm curious to read the biography by his stepson, Nikolai Tolstoi, too. O'Brian seems to have been a strange man, but I, too, reread his books periodically.)

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