Tudor Nights in Washington, D.C.

Hello! This is the Blog Tech with a guest post from Washington, D.C. Frequent readers may remember that my sister works at Tudor Place, a historic house and garden in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. My sister plans events called Tudor Nights, wherein they open the house and gardens for a few hours in the evening and serve food and drink. My mothers helps my sister out by making awesome food selections, and I help her and my mother out by transporting them there and then taking photos of the event. My girlfriend Lara also comes along and helps serve food or prepare trays as well. Last night was the Tudor Nights Christmas event, and I shall now share with all of you my photos and recollections.
This is the menu for last night's event. In addition to the savory foods, my mother made plum pudding with hard sauce (you can see my sister placing the plum puddings on a tray in the first photo), and my sister made delectable red cake and icing truffles, as well as Yum-Yummies. What is a Yum-Yummy, you ask? It's a family tradition to make them at Christmas time, so you shall find out in the next few weeks. Their awesomeness is too extensive to get into here.
You may notice that these photos are looking a little more "artful" than one might expect. That's because my camera broke! Never having had a problem before, it threw me a serious curve ball last night when it wouldn't read or format the flash cards used for storing photos. As it turns out, one of the little flash card pin thingies got bent. Here is a picture I found of the offending flash card pin. That little centimeter of metal almost ruined everything! Technology sure can be rough.
Fortunately, someone at the event had this little camcorder that can also take still photographs, and so all was not lost. here is a picture of Lara preparing little cups of stuffing, turkey, gravy and cranberry relish.
Another shot of the dessert table.
Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce. Don't eat these and try to drive somewhere. That hard sauce is like 80 proof.
Vegetables, pieces of rosemary bread with cranberry cream cheese spread, and pieces of another kind of bread with pate and gherkins.
People eating the food!
The exterior of the Tudor guest house where the food was served.
The exterior of the actual Tudor house in full-on festive mode.
The Tudor house again.
A shot of the Tudor house Christmas tree.

After taking the exterior photos, I went back inside to find that the food was being quickly devoured.
Here is my sister getting ready to make her way through a throng of people.
Another Christmas tree from the interior of the Tudor House. The event went great, and today Lara and I are looking forward to exploring Washington, D.C. before getting dinner with my sister. Tomorrow I shall post more photos from the event showing the interior of the Tudor house. Thanks for reading, and I hope these photos have given you the Christmas spirit as they have done to me!


Anonymous said…
Wow, what a fabulous event! Too bad about your camera, but you came through for us anyway. You do this for "us" right? I feel blessed to be a part of it all the way over here in sunny Arizona. The tree is beautiful. The food made me hungry. Can't wait to see more, have fun on your adventure.
Anonymous said…
Hello blog tech, what a wonderful family effort, thats such a warm and wonderful thing is this crazy pulled apart world.The food looks beautifully served , very elegant.
Thats a beautiful home, I look forward to seeing the photos from the inside tomorrow.Too bad about the camera, thankgoodness someone had a spare.Enjoy your dinner and evening,
Barbara F. said…
Great teamwork, great family! The food alone is worth taking the tour! ^o^ xo
Anonymous said…
That Tudor place is lucky to have Your sister working there so that many people can get a taste of Your mothers cooking :-) :-)

I do like those christmas trees!

Have a great day!
Guillaume said…
Thank you for posting this! Now I am hungry and yes, it got me very much in the Christmas spirit! Lovely pictures, great house, great buffet and overall my kind of soirée.
devonaz said…
Looks like awesome night had by all,,,and what great team work,,,thank for sharing with us..
Blog Tech, you are doing a fine job. Your mother is awesome! I know from first hand experience that the plum pudding is fabulous. Tudor House is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.
Pricilla said…
How lovely.
So very sorry about your camera!
I want you to know I am now hungry. Seriously. Everything looks scrumptious. My personal favorites of course would have to be the Plum Pudding With Hard Sauce. I can feel the love, the buzz right now. And the cranberry spread has my name on it. Tudor House is beautiful. You all did a wonderful job putting everything together for this event. Glad the camera problems did not deter you. Definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. Take care. Enjoy DC. I grew up around the area.
Barb said…
What a beautiful house!!! The food looked wonderful! Thanks for sharing the photos and better luck with the camera. It's such a bummer when they give you trouble!
The house, decorations and your Mom's catering all look so elegant and fabulous. I hope lots of money got raised by this event!

And it also explains why there was a photo in a previous post of a gazillion jars of hard sauce. I wondered at the time "Who needs that much?" Now I know.
Amish Stories said…
If those walls could only talk being in Washington DC. Richard
Rue said…
Your mom & your sister did a wonderful job again! And nice shots, even though you had to improvise.

Thank your Mom for me - she was so sweet to pass on the hard sauce recipe. I can't wait to make it for my girls night. I'll make sure everyone gives me their keys - lol!