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Chinese beer, cuisine at mansion

Flappers are pictured by Barker Mansion fountain.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Chinese cuisine and beer will be featured at an event in the Barker Mansion gardens on Saturday. Midsummer at the Mansion, which begins at 6 p.m., hearkens back to the 1920s when the upper class had a fondness for Chinese food.

"Far Eastern cuisine was considered exotic in the 1920s and was popular among the wealthy like Catherine Barker,” Heritage Interpreter Jackie Perkins said. “The menu includes a sampling of chow mein, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, spring rolls and mixed Chinese vegetables.”

Drinks will include domestic beer and a popular Chinese beer, Tsingtao. Two different types of wine cocktails, including the pink bubble, will be served. The food, plus two drink tickets, are included in the ticket price of $50.

The garden will be the primary setting for the event, but guests will be able to take a self-guided tour of all three floors of the historic home. In addition, 1920’s games, including bocce ball and croquet, will be played in the garden throughout the evening. Guest are encouraged, but not required, to dress in costume. The event will be moved into the elegant drawing room in the occurrence of rain.

Tickets for the 21-and-older event are for sale on Eventbrite or by calling 219-873-1520. The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington St.

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