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See every course of the R.M.S. Titanic’s final first-class dinner (meticulously recreated by a food blogger)

All aboard (Image: Renée Suen)

April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Titanic-mania has become pretty much unavoidable: there’s a memorial cruise retracing the luxury liner’s doomed voyage, a 3-D rerelease of James Cameron’s 194-minute epic and, inevitably, collectables from the Royal Canadian Mint. The culinary world is by no means immune to all this, of course. Food blogger Paula Costa (of Dragon’s Kitchen) has taken the event to her food-loving heart, challenging herself to recreate the 11-course first-class dinner from the eve of the vessel’s demise. Although the Kitchener/Waterloo–based food blogger has previously hosted similar Titanic-themed dinners with others (mainly of the second- and third-class menus), this was her first solo effort. The project, based on the recipes found in Last Dinner on the Titanic by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley, was a year in making, with weeks devoted to testing recipes and sourcing ingredients used during the Edwardian period. In the end, eight guests were invited to partake in the dinner, which involved $400 worth of ingredients, three days of preparation and assistance from a few sous-chefs on the evening of service itself. See Costa’s entire Titanic feast—including a chunk of iceberg from off the coast of Newfoundland—in our slideshow »

  • David

    My god, that is a lot of food for one meal. No wonder they all sunk to the bottom of the ocean!

  • Anne-Marie

    What an amazing feat to have accomplished! Bravo Paula!

  • Rossy

    It was a magical evening. The food, the music, the ambience, the guests… Paula did a fantastic job.

  • Ania

    Unbelievable! I would have loved to be a part of something like this. Bravo indeed!

  • Pamela Foster

    I am so thrilled that you were able to have your dinner so beautifully captured on film for posterity in honor of the 100th anniversary. As a foodie historian, I was inspired by the TV drama Downton Abbey to blog about the lavish food and dining rituals of the Edwardians, and took up the challenge this year to cook my way through the last meals of all three classes of Titanic.
    Dana McCauley’s recipes in The Last Dinner on the Titanic make the book is a must own book. All passengers on Titanic were treated to the best food they had ever eaten, and the kitchen staff outfitted with the most modern equipment of the time.
    Foodies cook out of love, and sharing these dishes was my way to pay homage to lives lost, those who survived, their families, and to the City of Halifax who bore the unimaginable burden of recovery efforts.

    Pamela Foster
    http://downtonabbeycooks.com

  • skidd1024

    I am extremely impressed. Right now I am planning a tapas dinner for 24 and it is taking a ton of testing and planning. But I am loving it. Kudos for putting in the time and effort to do this and make it so special.

 

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