The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

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: tick­

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