Hotel St. Germain isn't the only place hosting a celebration of things past.
Sheela Kadam of the British Emporium in Grapevine sends word that the go-to for spotted dick and bangers is celebrating the Dickens out of British food. Or wait. Make that the food in the Dickens.
During a free event 7 p.m. May 17, Professor Don Vann, an expert on author Charles Dickens, will offer the public a discussion over "Food in Dickens Novels" -- over tea and refreshments, naturally. While there is no official word on crumbling wedding cake, the British Emporium Players will perform a short reading from a Dickens work in honor of the bicentenary event. Stephanie Miller, Associate Editor of Tea in Texas Magazine will also be in attendance.
In keeping with the themes of food and hunger in the author's works, as well as Dickens' own charitable practices, donations of canned goods will be accepted on behalf of GRACE Grapevine Food Pantry. Kadam says, "It's important to us to mark the bicentenary of Britain's most famous novelist and philanthropist, and it seems fitting to help the local food pantry at the same time."
For anglophiles, popular Brit brands from Dickens' age include Cadbury, Colmans, McVitie's, Rowntree, Schweppes and Twinings Tea, all of which can be found within the British Emporium.
Have tea with Dickens expert Don Vann. [Photo: British Emporium]