Sunday, August 16, 2015

BOAT RACE: 25th NYC Dinner 1958

The 25th ("Silver Anniversary") Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race Dinner was held at the Harvard Club of New York City, on April 11, 1958.

It was chaired by C. F. Martineau (Univ., Oxford), who proposed both toasts, to the President of the United States and H.M. the Queen.

The speaker was John Peck, C.M.G. (Oxford), Director General of British Information Services.

He was introduced by Peter Greig (Cambridge).

The Committee was composed of seven Oxford men and four Cambridge men.

Total attendance was 120 men - all Oxford or Cambridge alums, no spouses or guests - which is the capacity of the Biddle Room.

Quentin Keith prepared the menu card, and invented various Oxford and Cambridge college specialties out of the Harvard Club dinner fare, for example:
  • Olives Oriel
  • Trinity Celery
  • Oxbridge Beef
  • Worcester Saucisse
  • Broccoli a la Balliol
  • Queens' Peaches
  • Creme Pembroke
  • Demi-Tasse Tomquadrivium
  • Haricot Madeleine (presumed ref. to Magdalen College Oxford or Magdalene College Cambridge)
  • Gravy Grantchester is an early (1950s) television murder-mystery series set in Cambridge, an early rough draft, so to speak, of the more sophisticated Inspector Morse.
  • Potatoes Pierremaison seems to refer to a meal that Rumpole of the Bailey had at Maison Pierre. But this reference is the one I am least sure of.
Assistance/corrections/elaborations humbly sought on the menu references. Email

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