"Lafayette's Freedom Frigate": reenactment of an historic 18th century culinary celebration

Friday, June 26, 2015 (All day)

On June 26th, 2015, when the Hermione's full scale replica will be moored in Independence Seaport, a reenactment of an historic 18th century culinary celebration will take place at Philadelphia's famed City Tavern Restaurant. It is a dinner recreation of a famous lunch that took place on May 4th, 1781, when the then Captain of the Hermione, La Touche-Treville, invited Samuel Huntington, the then President of the Continental Congress, and the whole Congressional delegation for lunch on board of the Hermione... They stayed for hours in what turned into a boisterous dockside dining extravaganza.

The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., Moët Hennessy, Founding Partner of the Hermione Voyage 2015, and Chef Walter Staib, creator and host of the award winning PBS television show, "A Taste of History", and owner of City Tavern, have joined creative energies to commemorate that historic day in 1781. Staib, an authority on Colonial American cuisine, has created a menu reinterpreted from detailed historical documents and late 18th century recipes of 'the era of Lafayette'.

The evening begins with a tour of the Hermione by Captain Yann Cariou, and a specialty Hennessy 'Cur Non' Cocktail, named for Marquis de Lafayette's family motto, and translates to "Why not?" Guests will then transport to City Tavern for a celebratory dinner with French & American dignitaries, leaders of Philadelphia's business, academic and heritage communities, and friends and clients. Period-costumed reenators and strolling musicians will add to the spirit of the evening, which will end with a toast to the determination of the 21-year old Marquis de Lafayette, and to the Hermione, as she continues her symbolic 2015 tour up the east coast. The Hermione left France April 18th and is sailing 3,819 miles to land in Yorktown, June 5th. She will stop in 12 iconic ports along the eastern seaboard for a summer of activities on board and pier side.

Miles Young, President of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. and Worldwide CEO and Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, invites you to sponsor this unique and festive dinner reenactment.

 Honorary Chair, Robert A. "Bob" Brady U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania & County Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee is pleased to welcome the Hermione to Philadelphia.

Special Guest:
Laura Auricchio, Author & Biographer, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies, The New School

Sponsorship opportunities

* Event Sponsorship: $25,000 to host event and invite 80 guests
* Table Sponsorship: $5,000 for a table of 10 guests
* Dinner Guest: $250 for an individual ticket

Event Sponsorship Benefits

* Head table seat for 2 executives
* Introduce guest of honor
* All Table Sponsorship benefits

Table Sponsorship Benefits

* A private cocktail - VIP tour on board the Hermione before dinner
* Dedicated brand placement during the evening as Event/Table Sponsor
* Brand placement in local press release
* Brand placement on the Hermione website and via Hermione's social media platforms
(a reach of millions in the U.S. and abroad)
* Hyperlink to Sponsor's website


The Hermione has set sail in France, launching an adventure that comes to the USA in the summer of 2015 for an unprecedented voyage.



In April 2015, after a period of sea trials and training in 2014, the Hermione will set sail for the USA. The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before making landfall at Yorktown, Virginia.

As the Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities. These include in some ports a traveling exhibition and a heritage village that will be accessible to the public. The Hermione Voyage 2015 is part of an expansive outreach program with cultural events, exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate the trip and mark its progress. A robust digital activation for the voyage expands the reach of the project to millions of people. 



Miles Young, President of the Friends of the Hermione explains the fascinating story of the project to build a replica of the French warship HERMIONE and bring it to America in summer of 2015. 



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