Tickets Available For ‘Then And Now’ Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner 6-8 p.m. Saturday


“Then and Now”, the Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner with food from the Manhattan Project Era paired with wines of today is taking place Saturday.

Los Alamos in the 1940’s and 1950’s was known for the cocktail parties, socializing into the evening and yes, great science!  Imagine yourself at one of those evening dinners among the residents of Bathtub Row, where guests enjoyed Edith Warner’s Chocolate Cake and Lois Bradbury’s macaroni loaf or maybe Oppenheimer’s martini shrimp cocktail. 

Experience a slice of history by attending the Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner, “Then and Now”, with food from the Manhattan Project era paired with wines of today. Join us 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in Kelly Hall at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church for a catered wine dinner by the Blue Window Bistro.

The Blue Window staff have combed the pages of, “Savoring the Past”, a collection of recipes from individuals who were part of our Los Alamos history. The cookbook is available at the Historical Society and it reflects the same ingenuity with chemistry in the kitchen as was happening with physics at the lab. At a time when supplies were unpredictable and rationing limited access to ingredients, the recipes in this cookbook show cleverness and creativity.

You’ll experience butterless, flourless, eggless cake and corn, crab and asparagus soup casserole. Hearty menu items include veal scaloppini, corned beef fritters and chicken pie de Luxe. Each menu item is paired with a current wine, and like our secret past, there will be a contest for each table to identify each wine in a blind test. The Blue Window wait staff will serve the selected pairing wines with information about the wine characteristics.

This year we’ve added live entertainment from Kiwanian Rod Pittman. LANB’s Chief Administrative Officer by day transforms into a musician extraordinaire by night! Bring $10 to gamble in a game of coin tosses called “Heads or Tails” where the winner splits the prize winnings with the Kiwanis Service Fund. Participate in a silent auction with vintage items, a Blue Window dinner, a 3 month YMCA membership and more.

Tickets for the autumn wine dinner are $75 per person, with $50 tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased at the Blue Window Bistro or from any Kiwanis member. The Kiwanis Club is proud to serve the Los Alamos community and proceeds from the ticket sales support Kiwanis sponsored youth activities. If you have questions or need tickets, you may contact Lisa Wismer at 505.469.1465. 

Imagine yourself at the table with famous scientists, dining as they would 70 years ago. Prepare yourself for a sentimental and satisfying evening that includes a total of 8 wines paired with 8 heavy hors d’oeuvres, leaving you reminiscent about our town “then” and with fun and friends of “now”.