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Offline Ally Kumari

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Imperial invitation
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:13:20 AM »
I thought this might be of interest to someone. While working in the family archives of Buquoys (Czech noblemen), my friend discovered in one of the boxes the ivitation to the Imperial ball in Winter Palace in 1890. She was very kind and sent me the documents. Here are for you to look, but since they´re not in my own possesion, I decided to mark them.

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008, 04:29:40 PM »
Ooh that's wonderful Ally ! Here's the translation of the frist one :

Of order of its majesty the emperor, the Grand Master of ceremonies has the honor to inform the Count Ferdinand Bulquoy, Chambellan of his Imperial Majesty and Royal that he is invited to the ball of the Court to the Winter Palace, on Sunday, February 4th, 1890, at 9 'o clock. 

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008, 04:40:46 PM »
Ooo! Thank you, Ally!

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2008, 06:53:26 PM »
Ally, thanks so much for sharing these!  And thank you for the French translation, Marie-Catherine!  Could someone please translate the program?

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2008, 08:33:28 PM »
 I can do the Menu:

Consomme Victoria (clear soup course)
Galettes and Little Pates
Cold Shrimp Mousse in the Modern Style
Roast Young Turkey
Salad
Puff Pastry Fontange (Duchess de la Fontange was Mistress to Louis XIV)
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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 09:29:53 PM »
Hungry now.

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2008, 06:45:45 AM »
Quite a nice little meal. Would the courses be cold or how did they keep the items warm for the guests?
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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2008, 09:22:53 AM »
Interesting question but a good one.  A logical problem of course, how to keep hot foot hot.  Now compound the problem that Court Etiquette strictly forbade ANYONE from taking a bite of anything once the Emperor was finished with HIS course.  What to do to keep the last poor slob who got served from starving?  The Russian court invented "Service a la Russe" or "Russian Service" to solve the problem. Each table of ten had five waiters.  Each table of ten had a side table against the wall with extra plates, glassware, cutlery, etc.  All the waiters would go to the kitchen get the plates and as a huge group serve their tables at once, with everything already plated up in the kitchen.  Sound familiar? It should. This is how restaurants and banquets are still served today.

Consomme: hot
Pates: cold
Shrimp Mousse obviously cold
Turkey: Hot
Puff Pastry: not sure but probably cold, there are many hot services with puff pastry shells as well.
Salad and dessert: cold

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2008, 09:38:56 AM »
Must have run like clockwork unlike the restaurant I went to the other week. That was more Basil Faulty.

Did they not have pre dinner snacks which is where most people managed to actually eat a meal before they sat down with the Tsar?
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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2008, 01:11:17 AM »
What sort of drinks would they have with this sort of Dinner? What was standard? :-\

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2008, 10:08:49 AM »
I hadn't known that guests had to wait until the Tsar had finished his course before they could start in on their's. I had thought that they just had to wait until he had taken his first bite. Waiting for him to finish a course seems like it would definitely drag the meal out. Did this extend to all of the courses of a meal? Would the Tsar start on his next course while the guests ate the one he had just finished?

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2008, 10:22:29 AM »
EmmyLee, No NO  you missed the point.  The Emperor was always served first, nobody could eat before he did. The point is that NOBODY could eat a bite after the Emperor was done eating. So if he was served first, and it took say 20 or 30 minutes to serve everyone else, the poor guy served last couldn't eat anything.

There would have been a large Zakuski buffet table before every dinner, which would give people the chance to actually get something to eat.

Appropriate wines would be served for each course as the drinks.

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Re: Imperial invitation
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2008, 04:14:17 PM »
Oh, haha. I feel a little foolish- I misread your post. That makes a lot more sense than waiting for him to finish a course before starting your own. Good thing they had the buffet beforehand for those unlucky souls who wouldn't get the chance to eat during the actual meal.