Road Trip

Get Primed for Thanksgiving in Delaware

Sunday, November 16, 2008

WHERE: Odessa, Del., to Wilmington, Del.

WHY: Food for the brain, historic homes on display and dinosaurs come alive.

HOW FAR: About 34 miles from start to finish, and about 100 miles from Washington.

Americans certainly didn't invent the art of dining, but every year at Thanksgiving, the country takes a collective stab at perfecting the craft. To that end, Winterthur, the du Pont family mansion in Delaware, has organized food-centric celebrations.

Through Feb. 1, Winterthur's galleries will exhibit "Feeding Desire," which dives into the tradition of eating as celebration and features "biographies" of the knife, fork and spoon. "For many people, flatware seems to be everyday," says Winterthur spokeswoman Victoria Saltzman, "but when it comes to cutlery, there's plenty to dish about."

On Friday, the 175-room dream house will host a full-day seminar titled "Theater of the Table," which will analyze cookbooks and Colonial American dinnerware practices. And on Nov. 30, concertgoers will get an earful of chamber music during the performance "Good Eating in Songs and Music." Cooking demos and tastings will be held during December, including samples of coffee, snapper soup and creme brulee.

-- Johnna Rizzo

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate: "Theater of the Table" ($275) is Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call to register. "Good Eating in Songs and Music" ($25) is Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 800-448-3883. Regular admission: $20, seniors and students $18, ages 2 to 11 $10.

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