Dining with mr. lincoln’s friends_ local restaurant brings traditional fare at historical dinner – the telegraph – thetelegraph. com

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Gail Drillinger, as Sally Jane Maynard, waits to perform at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening. The dinner is held twice yearly in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.

Gail Drillinger, as Sally Jane Maynard, waits to perform at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening. The dinner is held twice yearly in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser. Close

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baker Yvonne Campbell looks over ambrosia salad before service at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. Nothing was served that wouldn’t have been on a dinner table in the 1860s.

Head baker Yvonne Campbell looks over ambrosia salad before service at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. Nothing was served that wouldn’t have been on a dinner table in the 1860s. Close

Lee Cox performs as Miss Augusta Endicott at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. The dinner is held in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.

Lee Cox performs as Miss Augusta Endicott at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. The dinner is held in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser. Close

ALTON — Diners got a small taste of the type of food that might have graced President Abraham Lincoln’s table at “Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends,” Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton.

The dinner is done in conjunction twice yearly with the Alton Little Theatre and serves in part as a fundraiser for the group, with a half-dozen costumed performers who perform “Lincoln and Civil War vignettes.”

“It’s always friends of Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Lincoln never comes,” said owner Ann Badasch. “Some of them are national figures, some are local.”

This is the third year for the dinner.

Toni Mack, of Bethalto, appreciates history, especially Lincoln and the Civil War, and had wanted to come out to the dinners for some time.

“I’ve known Ann for a long time,” she said before dinner. “It sounded like a lot of fun and I’m a Lincoln fan.”

She was looking forward to the event.

“I like to see the people dress up in period dress. I used to do that myself.”

Part of the reason for the Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends is that the building occupied by My Just Desserts is a Lincoln site, Badasch said. She added that the business normally only serves lunch, and historical meals are a way to bring in additional business.

Steve Brenegan, of Godfrey, had been invited out by friends.

“I’m looking for a lot of laughs, a lot of information, and just a great bonding with our group,” he said. “This will be a new experience; I’m looking forward to it.”

The recipes come from “Lincoln’s Cookbook,” a collection of period recipes compiled by an Ohio woman, according to Badasch.

“It’s really hard to find some sort of salads,” she said. “It was very seasonal.”

Saturday’s menu included cider, fresh tomato bisque, ambrosia salad, beef brisket with Delmonico potatoes, succotash, cornbread and a choice of three desserts – cherry cobbler, molasses pie and Mary Lincoln’s white cake.

The recipes are modernized, and they start preparing the meal about a day in advance.

“We sort of have it down to a science,” Badasch said.

Gail Drillinger, as Sally Jane Maynard, waits to perform at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening. The dinner is held twice yearly in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.

http://thetelegraph. com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_11-15-AT-Lincoln-friends-dinner4.jpg Gail Drillinger, as Sally Jane Maynard, waits to perform at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening. The dinner is held twice yearly in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.

Head baker Yvonne Campbell looks over ambrosia salad before service at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. Nothing was served that wouldn’t have been on a dinner table in the 1860s.

http://thetelegraph. com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_11-15-AT-Lincoln-friends-dinner1.jpg Head baker Yvonne Campbell looks over ambrosia salad before service at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. Nothing was served that wouldn’t have been on a dinner table in the 1860s.

Lee Cox performs as Miss Augusta Endicott at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. The dinner is held in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.

http://thetelegraph. com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_11-15-AT-Lincoln-friends-dinner2.jpg Lee Cox performs as Miss Augusta Endicott at Dinner With Mr. Lincoln’s Friends, Saturday evening at My Just Desserts in Alton. The dinner is held in conjunction with Alton Little Theatre as a fundraiser.