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Biltmore's Bounty

In the late 19th-century, George Vanderbilt purchased 100,000 acres in western North Carolina near Asheville and had a 250-room mansion constructed. He envisioned an Old World estate that could produce enough vegetables, fruits, and meats to support its working population. Chase discusses the foods available and what the family dined on. While food served at glittering banquets included Lobster Newberg and Consommé Royale, the family, when alone, generally dined on the simple, wholesome foods that sustained farm families around the state at the close of the 19th-century.
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