Experiencing history through food is the idea behind the upcoming Flavor of the Past tour. All this week, we are featuring historical locations around Wilmington, and the restaurants they are paired with on the tour. Today's stop is Thalian Hall. Horse power has evolved over time, but Wilmington's historic Thalian Hall has remained a staple in the community. Thalian Hall Exec.Director Tony Rivenbark said, "Almost every aspect of Wilmington's history has occurred within this building in many ways, because it was not only a theater where people came to be entertained and also special ceremonies and services." Thalian Hall is one of the stops on this year's Flavor of the Past Tour. Its history extends back to the first curtain call on October 12, 1858. The original hand-painted curtain still hangs today. Thalian Hall was built at a time when the city flourished from a booming railroad system. In the theater's heyday, prominent actors of the time stopped by to entertain the crowds. "Wilmington was the largest city in the state, and 1,000 people could be seated in this theater and that was ten percent of the population of the largest city in the state, so this was a massive building," said Rivenbark. The focus of the Flavors of the Past Tour, is to infuse history with food. Angie Tsingelis of Angie's of Chris' restaurant is helping make that happen. "We think that it is extremely important for them to know our culture and our history here," said Tsingelis. Chef Angie is preparing traditional southern fare like biscuits and gravy for the Thalian Hall tour stop. This is the third time her restaurant has been involved with the Flavor of the Past. She hopes sharing her cuisine will add to others appreciation of Wilmington's historic flavor. The tour kicks off August 23rd. It also includes Bellamy Mansion, the Latimer House, the Cape Fear Museum, the Pilot House and the William J. Price House. Flavor of the Past is Saturday, August 23rd. 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Flavor of the Past tickets are $40 through August 8th. Call 910-798-4362.
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