Want To Eat Like the Passengers of the TITANIC? For $12,000, You Can!

The Internet (and my TIVO) have been infiltrated with articles and programming related to the infamous sinking of the “unsinkable ship” 100 years ago. From TV docudramas to a new television movie written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, there is no lack of Titanic coverage (let’s not forget about the re-release of the 1997 Kate and Leo film in 3D). Television and film have the topic covered, but what about restaurants? Would you pay to dine the way John Jacob Astor did before his untimely death? Keep reading to learn where this menu was featured…and why it costs $12,000! More after the jump…

Cullen’s Restaurant in Houston more than expanded on the coverage of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

The dinner in Houston was a dish-for-dish recreation of the 10-course dinner that some of the richest and most notable people of the time (Astor and Molly Brown among them) enjoyed before the ship hit the iceberg. I wonder if those paying for this recreated meal feel it would be a worthy last meal…the price tag was $12,000 and the dining experience will be offered through September. Ryan Roberts, the Executive Director of Cullen’s, made sure to wear white gloves; in Edwardian times, this would have been the traditional way to serve the first class passengers.

The dinner in Houston was one of many; similar dinners were held across America and across the pond. The goal was to transport diners to that time of opulence and tradition. At Cullen’s, the chefs researched every last detail, from the menu itself to the china and silverware used; they also made sure to have the correct spirits available. The dinner was paired with a tour of the Museum of Natural Science’s Titanic exhibition.

So what’s on the menu?

The menu includes the oysters from Louisiana, truffles from France and salmon from Scotland. The menus (for all three classes) are artifacts from the ship that were recovered in its wreckage, so recreating (or in some cases, reinterpreting) the selections was not difficult.

Here are some salmon, oyster and truffle creations for those who can’t afford the $12,000 meal:

Poached Halibut with Black Truffles

Classic White Truffle Pasta
Polenta with Truffled Mushrooms

Baked Salmon with Dill Beurre Blanc
Baked Citrus-Herb Salmon
Sauteed Salmon with Whiskey Sauce

Oysters Rockefeller
Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter
Venetian Oysters

So what do you think of the Titanic dinner, readers? Over-the-top? Ridiculous? Amazing? Let me know in the COMMENTS!

Until tomorrow,


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  • charles

    I heard that zombies eat only peoples brains.. THose that pay $12,000 for one of these titanic meals don’t ever have to worry about zombies…

  • http://www.recipe4living.com Emilie

    Fair point, Charles! Even if we had 12k to spare, I doubt we’d be paying for this meal…

  • http://AdamDoesFoodPorn.blogspot.com Adam J Williams

    I think more than wanting to try this meal (which I would), I would like to be able to afford it. Is any meal worth a semester of college for my kids? No. But, I think that is part of the draw. Part of luxery, aside from the presentation and the meal itself, is the price.

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