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Tea Talk: Luncheon Focuses on Victorian Eating Customs at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 26, 2011—The years after the Civil War ushered in many changes in the eating habits of Victorian America. Etiquette around the table became very important, tea parties were popular, and soda fountains became the social center of the community. Step back in time with Georgian Court for a tea luncheon when gentility was queen. The tea will take place in GCU’s Mansion on the Lakewood campus on Wednesday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m.

Presenter Judith Krall-Russo has studied the fascinating and rich history behind homegrown foods and exotic teas. She shares her knowledge by telling wonderful stories, laced with humor and surprising detail that makes one appreciate and have an even greater taste for our New Jersey cuisine. Whether she is talking about the Jersey tomato, luscious blueberries, or her beloved and delightful teas, Judith entertains and inspires her listeners.

Admission of $30 per person includes tea luncheon. Pre-purchase of tickets is required. To purchase tickets or for more information on this and other Georgian Court events, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Want to learn more about tea? Check back with Georgian Court for “Let’s Talk Tea,” an exploration of the history, customs, and traditions of this well-loved beverage. The session, which includes a tea tasting and snacks, takes place on Sunday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Casino Ballroom on the Lakewood campus. Admission is $20 per person, and reservations are required. Paid members of the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning receive a $5 discount.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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