There is a question tugging at the hearts and minds of all stylish humans: How to re-live an epic tragedy in the fashion to which you have grown accustomed? Given that it's the 100-year anniversary of Titanic, which set sail on April 10, 1912, and sank just days later, on April 15, there are some really fun new ways to do this! For instance, you can dress up like an old-timey Titanic passenger, minus the sense of impending doom, and take a boat ride, and pretend you were there, then. You can also, of course, watch the movie, in 3D—the better to feel the cold waters virtually envelop you and your star-crossed lover in the theater. Or, you can eat basically what the passengers ate just before they shuffled off this mortal coil, except on dry New York City land, and for $300, or $450 for "VIPs." (VIPs always pay more, as they did in first class on that creaky old barge.) This is "Dine Titanic": where food and tragic history come together on the plate, and hopefully you don't expire! What's included in this delightful "final" meal? The New York Posts' Hailey Eber writes that seven full courses, and an element of mystery, as well as some updated effects, are involved:
On the evening of April 14, 1912, the Titanic’s first-class passengers partook in a traditional Edwardian feast — think “Downton Abbey,” Season 1. The 11 elaborate courses kicked off with oysters and canapes, paraded through an array of succulent meats, and finished with Waldorf pudding and chocolate and vanilla eclairs. Many have re-created the dinner over the years, and this year more are joining them. On Tuesday, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Brooklyn’s Prime Meats will host a sold-out black-tie-preferred dinner — from oysters to Waldorf pudding — in their old-school chop shop. But the “Dine Titanic” duo don’t plan to simply send out traditional renditions of the courses first-class passengers enjoyed, like salmon with mousseline sauce and cucumber. “People now, they need something more,” Banks says. “We’re changing the dishes while keeping the integrity, we’re not adding ras el hanout,” he adds, referring to the trendy Moroccan spice blend that most likely wasn’t aboard the ship.
Mouth watering like a leaky galleon? Hang onto your life vest, because it gets better! The location of this reincarnated evening is secret, and somewhere in Manhattan "possibly downtown," definitely "very appropriate and multi-tiered" (like the various socio-economic classes reflected on the ship, from steerage on up). And there will be performers, too! And paper invitations! Classy.
Unfortunately, the event is already sold out, but make a note: We are in the season of the Titanic trend story. Jack and Rose would be so proud. If you feel slightly uncomfortable chowing down like they did just before they hit the bergs and disaster ensued, just think: You might be aboard The Balmoral, the ship hoping to retrace the steps of the original cruise (minus the mass deaths), upon which one medical emergency has already occurred. What's that they say about tempting fate? Ooh, look at those delicious oysters.