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Basque Dinner at the Errea House Museum, Aug. 26


The outdoor dinner will take place, family style, in front of the Errea House Museum under the shady maple trees.

On August 26, dine outdoors in front of the historic Errea House and enjoy an authentic Basque dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Begin with a glass of Picon punch, a typical Basque drink accompanied by Basque style tapas as part of the four-course meal, finishing with a slice of Gateau Basque. This is a rare opportunity to experience authentic Basque food in Tehachapi and to help fund the renovation and exhibits at the Errea House Museum.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the Errea House Museum, where the Errea family lived from about 1917. The Erreas came to Tehachapi in 1906 from Spain and were part of the large Spanish and French Basque community in the Tehachapi area. They were well known and well liked. They moved to the Errea House in about 1917, a house that had been moved about 4 ½ miles from old town in about 1900. The original 1870s three room house was moved on log rollers pulled by mules.

Dinner guests at the authentic Basque Dinner at the Errea House will be given a beautiful tote bag in the Basque national colors from the Basque Museum in Boise, Idaho, another large center for Basque culture.

At one time there were numerous Basque hotels and restaurants in Tehachapi and this dinner offers a chance to experience the type of delicious cuisine no longer available in Tehachapi. Although there are still Tehachapi residents who are descendants of the original Basque families from the 1880s to the 1920s, many of the original immigrants eventually moved on to Bakersfield and other locations. The Museum hopes to collect photos and other items to install in a permanent display in the restored Errea House Museum.

Reservations are available at the Tehachapi Museum. The cost is $40 and reservations are required. Reservations made prior to August 12 will be available for $35 per person. Your reservation is not guaranteed until payment is made. Call (661) 822-8152 and leave a message and your call will be returned or visit the Museum at 310 South Green St, Tehachapi, during regular hours of 12 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to make a reservation. Seating is limited.


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