Let's Get Cookin'!

​​Grand Civilian EventsTM  '14

A Living History Division of  Donathen-Duffy Productions

"Kindness You Can Depend On!"



​2018 Dates

to Be Determined Soon

Held at

The 1819 Settlers' Trace Homestead

Elsberry, Missouri

(just 45 minutes north-west of St. Louis)


 Friday Evening Class: “Dining Etiquette with Mrs. Vallion”
· Workshop begins at 7:00 pm

· How to set a proper tea table and formal dinner table
· How to properly serve (or how to train servants to serve)
· Dining etiquette for the host/hostess and for the guests

Saturday Morning  Class:  “In a Stew!” 
· Introduction to the cooking hearth and out-door cooking pit, their design and function
· Essentials of laying, starting and maintaining a cooking fire
· Gauging temperature and use of coals
· Basic hearth cooking tools and how to use them
· How to clean and season cast iron cookware
· Safety on the hearth
· Basics of stewing, boiling, browning

Saturday Afternoon Class:  “Would You Rather Spit or Hang?”
· Roasting: three most common techniques
· Rock and Dutch Oven Baking
· Using a Salamander
· Using a Reflector
· Using a Reflector Oven

Saturday Evening: Period Entertainments and Parlour Games

Sunday Morning Class:  “Waiting on a Butter Cake?”
· Churning and making butter
· How to use a Wafer Iron
· A Review of Domestic manuals and cookbooks of the mid-19th century
· Workshop ends at noon after a light luncheon

For the 2017 season the hearth cooking workshops are moving from the c. 1820 Shapley Ross House to the 1819 Settlers' Trace Homestead.  (In 2018 we will return to the Shapley Ross House!) You will have the unique opportunity to live in the 1819 Homestead for the workshop weekend.  We will have full use of the house for this semi-immersion event, including using only period lighting, sharing our meals in the home's dining  chamber, visiting in the parlor, using ewers and bowls to wash, and sleeping in feather beds!   (Note: this is a ladies only event due to sleeping arrangements, BUT if any gentlemen would like to attend and don't mind pitching a tent outside, then by all means you are most welcome too!)

Hearth Cooking Workshop is hands-on and all attendees will be in full participation. We will be cooking both indoors (hearth) and out-of-doors (open-fire) so that you can learn the skills in order to demonstrate/work in both environments. Together, you will be preparing and cooking all meals except Saturday morning breakfast.

All ladies are welcome; however, this workshop is structured for beginners who haven’t had any experience or less than 2 years experience with open-fire/ hearth cooking. If you are a more experienced hearth cook and wish to come and help, you are welcomed.

 All food and cooking equipment will be provided.  Attire is requested to be 1850s-1860s work dresses. Why not invite a friend!


Each workshop is limited to 6 participants. 

Minimum of 3 participants are needed for the workshop to be held.

All-inclusive Fee: $185 per person

INCLUDES:  2-nights lodging in historic house, workshops & meals 

To Pre-Register:  Please fill out registration form by clicking on the "Contact/Registration" tab at the top of the page.

Non-Refundable Deposit: $65.00, required to hold your place.

Deposit will be refunded only if the minimum # of participants is not met.

Final payment is due one month before event. If payment is not received, your place will be released to those on the waiting list.

Karen Duffywill be your Hostess and Instructor:  Karen Duffy has been a Civil War Reenactor for over 38 years and has over 30 years of hearth cooking experience. Karen is delighted to share what she has been taught, learned and discovered over the years! She has been the lead hearth cook and/or demonstrated  hearth cooking at numerous prestigious historic sites including The Daniel Boone Home, Thornhill Mansion, Navarre Cabin, Shapley Ross House, Missouri First State Capital Building, Deutsch Country Days and many others.