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  • Carrie Taylor, Museum Director

The Great Mocha Cream Battle

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Ingredients for Mocha Cream Cake, a dessert featured at 19th century Lippitt luncheon

For the 2017 visitation season, Lippitt House Museum organized The Art of Dining: A Taste of Providence's Golden Age. The exhibition is part of the state-wide 2017 À La Rhody program celebrating Rhode Island’s food culture. For the exhibit I thought it would be interesting to recreate a ladies luncheon Mary Ann Lippitt hosted in September 1877. In her journal she lists the guests and the eight course menu (plus beverages) that were served. Using period cookery books along with Mary Ann’s notes, I found information detailing recipes for the menu items and specifics about how the table was laid and the service presented