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Sunday, December 17th, 2023

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welcome Center and Historic Mansion

$26-28+ Service Fees

This event is Sold Out!

Step back in time and savor the culinary history at Lyndhurst as we delve into the opulent world of The Gilded Age Cookbook by acclaimed author and food historian, Becky Libourel Diamond. The afternoon will start with a Mansion Tour by our staff in the holiday-decorated mansion focusing on the dining room and kitchens with a culinary theme. Gould Holiday Menus are on display. Guests will then return to our Carriage House to hear the author discuss her book. There will also be a tasting of items direct from the pages of the book!


The Gilded Age Cookbook transports the reader back in time to lavish banquet tables set with snow-white linen tablecloths, delicate china, and sparkling crystal glasses. Cuisine featuring rich soups, juicy roasts, and luscious desserts come to life through historical images and artistic photography. Gilded Age details and entertaining stories of celebrities from the era—the Vanderbilts, Astors, Goelets, and Rockefellers—are melded with historic menus and recipes updated for modern kitchens.

Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner, tells the unique story of a nineteenth-century “Top Chef”-style competition between Philadelphia restaurateur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York. The result was a luxurious seventeen-course feast that helped launch fine restaurant dining in America as we know it today. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s Cooking School, a successful nineteenth-century pastry chef who also ran an innovative cooking school for young women – a Philadelphia first.

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General Admission: $28

Senior: $26

  • Online: Online ticket sales close once the performance has begun.
  • By Phone: Call 1(888)718-4253 opt. 1 (additional fees apply to phone orders)

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.


Events is from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

12:45 pm check-in

Guests break into groups of 12-15.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Mansion Tour by Lyndhurst staff in the holiday-decorated mansion focusing on the dining room and kitchens with a culinary theme. Gould Holiday Menus are on display.

2:00 pm

Tour Guides lead guests back to the Carriage House.

2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Author Talk.

3:15 pm-4:00 pm

Meet and greet/ book sale and signing with small festive bites!


Plan Your Trip

The event takes place at the Welcome Center, the brick complex located just past the Lyndhurst mansion, and in the Historic Mansion. Please plan on being able to stand for a period of time and to traverse the staircases in the mansion.

Plan to arrive at the Welcome Center 15 minutes prior to your timed entry.


Directions and Parking





Lyndhurst welcomes all visitors, but please note that this event requires the ability to be standing for periods of time. Our Welcome Center is ADA-accessible and has restroom facilities. The historic mansion does not have an elevator and guests will have to go up and down sets of stairs to visit the basement level kitchen.

Explore Lyndhurst’s 67-acre Estate

Purchase a Daily Grounds Pass to explore Lyndhurst’s majestic Hudson River setting at your own pace.