The Last Dinner on The Titanic, Recreated

April 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Toasting the Titanic at Dine Titanic, an event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the famed ship. Photo courtesy of Marcin JM ©Diamond Shot Studio.

On Saturday night, guests dressed to the nines in suits and ties and gowns and elbow-length gloves — and even period costume — crowded into a stately room near Union Square. The event was Dine Titanic, a recreation of the last meal served aboard the mighty ship that crashed into an iceberg 100-years-ago.

Setting the tone as revelers imbibed cocktails were a digital soundtrack evoking oceanic swells and decrescendos as well as a live thermin player (an anachronism; the instrument was invented eight years after the Titanic’s voyage). Guests posed for photos with period-appropriate props before being called to their tables, each named after a Titanic survivor.

Each course was paired with wine, painstakingly chosen to be appropriate to the early 20th century. And while the historic value of the evening lay only in the selection of wine and food, we didn’t hear anyone complaining.

MetroFocus spoke with Jonathan Cristaldi, one of the organizers of the event, in March. We attended on Saturday night, too.

Click on the thumbnails for slideshow of the 7-course Dine Titanic dinner.

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