On April 14, 1912, first-class passengers on the Titanic sat down to an 11-course meal. For many, it would be their final meal as that night the luxury liner hit an iceberg, broke apart and sank into the frigid waters of the Atlantic during the wee hours after midnight.
It may seem an odd or, dare we say, even tasteless way to pay tribute, but chefs are whipping up reprises of that final menu on both sides of the Atlantic to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
HIX, a high-end restaurant at Selfridge’s, the London department store on Oxford Street, is offering two and three-course versions. Chef-owner Mark Hix has adapted slightly nine of the dishes served that fateful night.
“Without losing the essence of what the menu was, we’ve done it so that it’s in keeping with what we would do with our menus by slightly modernizing it,” Hicks told The Evening Standard. The cost is £19.50 ($30.89) for two courses and £24.50 ($38.80) for three.
Those longing for greater authenticity (and plumper of pocket) might want to travel to St. Louis, where all 11 courses, as originally prepared, will be served up on the stage of the historic Fox Theater as a fundraiser for the Fox Performing Arts Foundation on April 14.
“Upon arrival at the theatre, guests will receive a boarding pass and an envelope with the name and historical biography of an actual First Class passenger,” according to the promotional materials. “Between courses, guests will be entertained by musicians performing the authentic music played on the ship that evening.”
The cost is $500, which includes all 11 courses and nine wines.
If you can’t make either the London or St. Louis events, don’t despair. Head to your local library, bookstore or Amazon.com and get a copy of Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner (first published in 1997) and start cooking your own tribute meal.
If you had the chance, would you want to try the 11-course final meal?