DETECTIVE is a big fan of retro food; she has never knowingly let a prawn cocktail slip through her fingers and has a soft spot for that 1970s drinks party favourite, the whole pineapple studded with toothpicks sporting cocktail onions and cubes of tasty cheddar.
The Historic Houses Trust is taking the retro theme to extremes, however, with a Waterloo Dinner planned for Saturday, June 18, at Sydney’s elegant Vaucluse House Tearooms. As part of a series of gastronomic workshops exploring colonial cooking, the four-course winter banquet, including dishes from the Regency period (beef Wellington gets a guernsey), will be presented to mark the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Each course will be matched to wines (not French, Detective suspects) and promotional literature warns that vegetarians will be disappointed. The feast is $130 a head. More: tickets.hht.net.au.