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    The Art of Dining & The National Trust present Trade Secrets in the Merchants House
Taking place on 28th May - 1st June 2013 in Rainham Hall, a beautiful National Trust Georgian house in Rainham, Trade Secretswill involve an exceptional mix of design, food and entertainment, on the theme of river trade and the secret world of stolen treasures. Guests will have a drink on the usually unseen top floor with local merchant and owner of the house Captain John Harle who will regale stories of his time at sea and revealing the stolen and imported goods served with each course.
This is the first pop up in a series of three that The Art of Dining and The National Trust are working on together this year.
In the spirit of the merchants trading at sea, chef Ellen Parr will be designing a five course menu inspired by 18thcentury recipes and full of twists and surprises. Be transported around the historical world of food trade and exchange with an exciting menu that plays with rich and exotic flavours teamed with the traditional food of the sea merchant.
Expect salted meats, limes for scurvy, ships biscuits, smuggled envelopes of parmesan, nutmeg, spices and more. And finish off with apple and mulberries picked fresh from Rainham Hall's gardens.