Titanic's last dinner - $12 000 a head

2012-04-15 22:13

Houston - Cullen's restaurant in Houston was one of several around the world that served lavish, 10-course meals on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking in an attempt to replicate the last meal served aboard the ship.

Here's what Cullen's served to its dozen guests Saturday night, at a tab of $12 000 per head:

Hors d'oeuvres

—oysters a la Russe, canapes a l'amiral

First course

—consomme Olga, port wine and beef consommé, Maine scallops, parsley, celeriac

Second course

—poached Scottish salmon, sauce mousseline, cucumber, caviar, chives

Third course

—filet medallions Lilli, seared foie gras, pomme Anna, artichokes, truffles, sauce Perigueux, chicken saute, sauce Lyonnais, stuffed zucchini

Fourth course

—roast rack of lamb, mint sauce, roast duck, apple puree, sirloin of beef, pomme chateaux, buttered green peas, creamed carrots, rice pilaf, pomme Parmentier, boiled new potatoes

Fifth course

—punch romaine

Sixth course

—roast Pennsylvania squab, water cress, herbed croute, bread sauce, game chips

Seventh course

—chilled asparagus vinaigrette, salad frisee, oranges, radish

Eighth course

—pate de foie gras, celery salad, toasted brioche, sauterne jelly

Ninth course

—Waldorf pudding, poached hill country peaches, chartreuse jelly, chocolate and vanilla éclairs, french vanilla ice cream

Tenth course

—selection of Texas cheese, fresh seasonal tree and vine-ripened fruit

  • Dave - 2012-04-15 22:41

    A meal to die for!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-15 22:59

      No life jacket required :)

      Johan - 2012-04-16 07:32

      It will probably take about 2 hours to go down.

  • Sobholenyoni - 2012-04-15 23:11


  • Mark - 2012-04-16 00:16

    Nothing like 1912 cuisine...

  • John - 2012-04-16 00:17

    This is just ridiculous ....

  • akaRags - 2012-04-16 00:18

    What is madness is that some people are willing to spend that much on food - x that by 8 for the rand equivalent..... Nothing has changed in a 100 years though where more 1st class lives were saved, ie the rich lives meant more than the less moneyed.

      akaRags - 2012-04-16 06:30

      Usually I couldn't be bothered if I get a thumbs down, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but honestly, is scoffing down $12 000.00 worth of a menu something to be proud of? Surely there are other more constructive ways of remembering the Titanic?

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-04-16 07:30

      I agree with you! Such a fuss about the Titanic when there are millions starving all over the world today. It was a ship and it sank a hundred years ago and it was a great tragedy, but surely it's time to move on.

  • Gift - 2012-04-16 00:23

    That much money for food you can't even pronounce!!!

  • Hoosen Essa - 2012-04-16 00:55

    makes you wonder what the ticket on the titanic cost! any1 have any idea on the 3rd class meal?

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 02:15

      In 1912, a First Class ticket (which included all meals) cost $4350, which would be about $130 000 today. A Third Class ticket (which included all meals) cost $35.99. Here's the 3rd Class Dinner Menu Rabbit pie; baked potatoes; bread and butter; rhubarb and ginger jam; Swedish bread; tea

      Kalai - 2012-04-16 07:02

      @Lacrimose, the third class meal sounds delicious, i'll take 1 third class ticket please

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 19:18

      @Kalai - I thought so too! Another bit of trivia, this was the first time in shipping history that 3rd class got fed. Prior to the Titanic if you travelled 3rd class (or steerage as it was politely called), you had to bring your own food and the means to preserve it. Also, in 1912 Europe/UK/Ireland $35 was about 3 years salary for poor, working class. In 100 years, little has changed.....

  • - 2012-04-16 06:29

    It's disgusting! That food should have gone to the poor

      Sello - 2012-04-16 06:59

      No. The money should have gone to the poor, not the food.

      koo.doyle - 2012-04-16 07:24

      Why should it go to the poor? If someone can afford to spend that on a meal, and choses to do so, why shouldn't they?

      Patrys - 2012-04-16 10:47

      The poor won't eat caviar and that sort of food. Those people can afford it and if they want to spend their money on it so be it. We also pay more than we should when we go out for a nice dinner. Its the same thing.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-16 19:22

      Well we could have a fascinating debate as to how that very food was raised/produced, manufactured, warehoused, delivered, prepared, cooked and served by the poor. At the end of the evening, having eaten $12 000 of food, circa 5% goes back into the economy. The rest goes down the toilet.

  • Dewald - 2012-04-16 06:51

    Sounds very delicious! mmm....

  • Kalai - 2012-04-16 07:04

    sounds like alot, but each portion was probably the size of a R5 coin.

  • Richard - 2012-04-16 10:05

    Most, yes most of those that can afford this kind of meal have worked hard for it, let them spend their money the way they want to, chances are many of these people have already contributed to the less fortunate...

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