"Today we seem to have a renewed fascination with the Edwardian Age," noted organizer Mary Strauss. "Look at the popularity of the PBS hit Downtown Abbey. We're anticipating very high interest in all of our Titanic Centennial Weekend events."
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 15, 2012
The Fabulous Fox Theatre, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, and L’Ecole Culinaire have come together to present a once-in-a-lifetime recreation of the “Last Dinner on the Titanic,” the highlight of the upcoming Titanic Centennial Weekend taking place in St. Louis April 13-15. The April 14th event will be one of the most authentic, large-scale presentations of “The Last Dinner on the Titanic” presented this Centennial year. This unique event is made possible by the partnership between the Fox Theatre and L’Ecole Culinaire, two St. Louis organizations which have combined their expertise in theatre production and food production to create an unforgettable evening.
The R.M.S. Titanic has been the subject of fascination for a century. In 1912 the White Star Line’s Titanic was the largest man-made object ever to travel, with the height of an eleven-story building and 883 feet in length (1/6 of a mile in length). The story of the “unsinkable” ship on its maiden voyage has been immortalized in blockbuster films, a Broadway musical, and in numerous documentaries and books.
“Today we seem to have a renewed fascination with the Edwardian Age,” noted Mary Strauss, Edwardian enthusiast and co-owner of the Fox Theatre. “Look at the popularity of the PBS hit Downton Abbey, a television show that illustrates that grand period in history in which the main characters are greatly impacted by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. We’re anticipating very high interest in all of our Titanic Centennial Weekend events.”
“The Last Dinner on the Titanic” will take place with guests seated on the stage of the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The Fox will recreate the ambiance of the dining room aboard the Titanic against the backdrop of a starry night. Guests are encouraged to come in period dress and upon arrival will receive a first class boarding pass telling them which passenger they represent. Additionally, actors will share tales of the ship and life in the Edwardian Age as they play the parts of notable passengers and crew such as Captain Edward John Smith, Benjamin Guggenheim, John Jacob Astor, and the ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown.
A team of chefs has spent the past four months researching the August Escoffier-style meal and searching for natural and organic ingredients to exactly replicate the sumptuous eleven courses. Over the four-hour dinner servers in period attire will re-enact the military precision of Russian service.
“The Last Dinner on the Titanic” on Saturday, April 14 is one of three commemorative events taking place in St. Louis. On Friday, April 13 at the Missouri History Museum the public is invited to Edwardian cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an exhibit of Titanic artifacts, and a screening of the 1958 film “A Night to Remember.” On Sunday, April 15 the public can enjoy a Titanic-inspired champagne brunch, based on an actual Titanic breakfast menu at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. The three events range in price from $10 to $500, so everyone can “step back in time” and experience the history, fashion, food and music of the elegant Edwardian Era. All proceeds from the Last Dinner will benefit the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. Travel packages are available, with hotel accommodations at the newly renovated, historic landmark The Cheshire.
Tickets for all events and accommodations are also available through Metrotix.