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Posted on: September 28, 2019

Tames Alan presents "Dining at Downton: Trial by Fork" at Everett Public Library

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EVERETT, WA – Could you have survived a “trial by fork” without a faux pas?

Actress and food historian Tames Alan explores mealtimes at Downton Abbey at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. The program, “Dining at Downton,” is free and open to the public.

The new movie “Downton Abbey” is a British historical period drama based on the popular television series of the same name. “Downton Abbey” follows the lives of the Crawleys, a fictional aristocratic family in the 1910s and 1920s.

Much of the plot of “Downton Abbey” revolves around the dinner table. Explore the final years of a time when one changed into dinner clothes and chose jewelry to reflect candlelight, where setting the table and serving a meal was an art. Every dinner in “Downton Abbey” is a well-choreographed dance performed with military precision. Everyone—from the hostess and guests to the butler and kitchen maid—knows the parts they are to play.

Many fans have questions about the subtler points of the Crawley family’s life on their Yorkshire estate. In this one-hour program, food historian Tames Alan demystifies the manners, menu and accoutrements of a formal 12-course dinner as would have been eaten upstairs at “Downton Abbey.”

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