On Thursday, February 16th the Chadds Ford Historical Society invites you to experience what falling in love was like in 1716...
  • When lovers wrote actual letters (on paper) 
  • Chocolate was lovingly made from scratch
  • And courtship had nothing to do with unpaid parking tickets ;)

This night of old fashioned romance is from 7 to 9pm and features:
  • Chocolate-making demonstrations by Mars’ American Heritage Chocolate
  • Composing a love letter with help from a local calligrapher
  • A special wine tasting by Chaddsford Winery
  • And a sampling of a variety of edible “aphrodisiacs”                                                                          These are foods, drinks, or potions thought to stimulate romantic feelings -- and after searching through an amazingly vast number of websites on the subject and below are a few items to consider when planning your own personal romantic dinner: 
Many articles agree that the items pictured above (figs,bananas, pomegranate, honey, shrimp and garlic) all have amorous reputations, and while most are based in mythology, nutritionists 
actually support many of their claims.
POMEGRANATE -- Some say the forbidden fruit of the Bible was not an apple, but a pomegranate fruit. The word aphrodisiac derives from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. 

HONEY -- The actual word “honeymoon” stems from the hope for a sweet marriage. Some say honey’s romantic reputation came from an ancient custom when newly married couples drank mead, a fermented beverage made from honey.

FIGS -- Figs, whose leaves became clothing in the biblical story of Adam and Eve, are filled with antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber and potassium and they are rumored to have been Cleopatra’s favorite fruit.  Drizzle a little honey over your figs and this is a double-down winner!

Other foods of love for a romance-infused dinner include: asparagus, almonds, avocado, beets, garlic, bananas, basil, chocolate (of course!), shrimp, cinnamon, red wine and oysters.


The Historical Society's evening of "Chocolate and Courtship" kicks off their 2017 season of Tavern Talks, a monthly experience (not a lecture!) for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture.

FUTURE TAVERN TALK EVENTS:
March 23: Colonial “Cocktails”
April 20: Tavern Night
May 18: Spy Games

EVENT DETAILS:
Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members and must be purchased in advance.
For more info on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call (610) 388-7376 or email them at info@chaddsfordhistory.org 

LOCATION:  IN THE BRANDYWINE
The "Chocolate and Courtship" event takes place at the Barns Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike, Chaddsford, PA

Click here for the Chadds Ford Historical Society Website