Titanic’s First Class Dinner- First Class Dining on RMS Titanic

The Titanic sailed along
this very stretch of Belfast Lough. Here at Rayanne House, we try to keep
the memories of the Titanic alive. In fact, it’s a celebration
of Belfast’s maritime history. While upstairs,
you can enjoy views across the Lough to where the Titanic set sail, downstairs, you can enjoy
the nine course lavish menu that was served
to the first class passengers on the last night aboard the Titanic. We’ll be starting with the first course
which is the canapes from the Admiral. If you were dining on the Titanic,
really the emphasis was on the food. If you were to take a cruise now,
you’d have so much entertainment. On the Titanic really,
they emphasised the food as being the main entertainment
for the evening. They probably would have arrived for
dinner maybe around 6:30, 7 o’clock. It started with canapés
and a glass of Champagne and they would be still eating
right up until close to midnight. There were two soups on offer
on the last evening. One was clear consommé Olga. The second was a cream of barley soup
which we’re serving this evening. We are just finishing that
with some fresh cream, some parsley. And we’re just flooding the top of it
with a little whiskey. A little Bushmills whisky,
an Irish twist. But we know there was plenty
of Bushmills on board the Titanic. The third course this evening,
we’re serving our roasted squab with an asparagus and watercress salad, and we’re just going to finish that with a saffron and Champagne
vinaigrette. Incidentally, this dish was also served
at the launch of the Titanic the previous May in the Grand Central
Hotel in Belfast for lunch. And also seemed to be a signatory dish
right across the White Star Line. It was served on the Olympic
and various other White Star liners. For our fifth course, we’re going to serve
a rose water and mint sorbet. The rose water I feel is a great
throwback to Edwardian, Victorian times where they used rose water widely
throughout their cooking. It’s a flavour we may have forgotten, but with the mint, it really
cleanses the palate beautifully. On such a decadent meal,
it’s a great palate cleanser. Even though it’s the sixth course,
people still manage to get through. In fact, Edwardians at the time, they measured their wealth
by their girth. The fatter you were,
the richer you were. There we go. We’re finished
with the foie gras, filet mignon. The sixth course that was served
to the first class passengers. A very rich and decadent dish that was served to some
very rich, wealthy customers. The dessert that was served
was poached peaches. These were poached
with cinnamon and cloves, and then served with a Chartreuse jelly. Chartreuse jelly was widely used
by Edwardians and Victorians. In fact,
it was a secret recipe for Chartreuse that had been devised by the monks. Only two monks at one time,
and still to this day, ever know the recipe of Chartreuse. We know from records, the cheese on the last night
was Emmental, Edam, Stilton. Cheeses that are still on the go today. They would have sat over cheese
for quite a while, actually, and then moved on to cigars and
brandies and all the post-dinner drinks. We came up with the idea to run
the Titanic menu around two years ago. We thought we’ll just try it for a
couple of nights to see how it would go. We had no idea really
the interest that would have come from running the last meal
on the Titanic. So there you go.
That was the ninth course. Tea, coffee and petit fours. The grand finale to what I hope
everyone enjoyed was a fabulous meal. Exhausting work, but well worth it.

100 thoughts on “Titanic’s First Class Dinner- First Class Dining on RMS Titanic

  1. The Titanic didn't sink – it was her sister ship the Olympic in an insurance fraud by JP Morgan. The Titanic was sold for scrap in 1935.

  2. these people on titanic – were they immigrating to the US or were they on a cruise vacation? why were they all on this one ship?

  3. as much fun it was to see that the Titanic still lives on… I would loooooooove to see what the second and third passengers would dine on. this was pretty cool to see…. and Chef Conor is handsome AF !!!!

  4. I am conflicted. They got the best, didn't even appreciate it. And they also got some choice of life………..money sucks.

  5. I imagine it would've been better to have a light meal before the Titanic was sinking.
    One had to run around, swim etc.
    I'm sure this heavy dinner with multiple courses, made people tired.

  6. Ok, serious question here…How did women in their tight corsets eat like this EVERY night while on board?? Did they actually eat all this or just politely push the food around on their plates? Its like having a Thanksgiving dinner every night!

  7. your ''foi gras'' is produced by the gruesome torture of geese by forcefully /mechanically overfeeding, stuffing their stomach with grinded corn, to fatten and to expand their liver 6 to 10 X their normal size. same happens to duck liver.. a top cook unworthy.

  8. Omg! How could anyone eat that much food? No wonder why dinner took 4-5 hours!
    Unfortunately, I would have been in steerage class. I would have been lucky to get some kind of oatmeal type gruel! Lol

  9. They probably didn’t look like Rose then if they were travelling first class. Probably more like Beth Ditto or someone from My 600 lb life.

  10. What an irony. Nowadays society considers “plump” people Of lower economic stature, As they only eat carb rich, processed and lower quality food.

  11. I can imagine what it costs to eat there. As food snob Anthony Bourdain once said, "Common people can't afford to eat where my friends and I do !"

  12. In 1957 my sister and I traveled with our mother from NYC to Southhampton England on RMS Elizabeth. A beautiful ship, the crossing took five days each way. Even though we were children, preteens, we remember the glorious menus. Plus our mother saved them all. We were third class, and the food and service was superb. Even as kids, we were waited on as if we were royalty. What a great experience. That ship was part of the Cunard Line, which used to be the White Star Line, which owned Titanic. If our third class food was that magnificent I can’t imagine what the first class was like, and on the Titanic, it must have been the finest of the finest. Those beautiful days of luxury liners is long gone. We cruise now, it’s nice, but nothing like the old ships.

  13. I can make the 3rd class dinner ,, its a half a loaf of bread and some butter followed by a delicious glass of tap water.

  14. The only thing I’d be reluctant to try is the foie gras, because I think the way the geese were force fed to give them a fatty liver that made them sick is just very cruel and unnecessary. The geese have basically been purposefully made to suffer with health problems before being killed. However, since we’re going back to Edwardian times where there was no such thing as animal ethics or animal welfare, this would have been in high demand amongst the rich so it makes sense to have it on the menu.

  15. The Jews on that ship were eating really good, before the insurance scam was completed and then went on a life boat.

  16. For the final course: guests are doused in a bucket of iced water to remind everyone that thousands of people drowned after dinner……

    Am I the only one to think this is slightly morbid advertising? An amazing Edwardian meal doesn’t have the same ring to it I guess.

  17. how did the women eat so much with those corsets on? i'm guessing a lot of meals went unfinished. people were small back then.

  18. Pet peeve when the main course is referred to as an entrée. Entrée means entrance, and is the French word for appetizer.

  19. At least they had a good meal before most of them died. I can see why most rich peole didn't live too long back then. The food would have killed them off early.

  20. I'm always amazed by the amount of food people in history were able to eat. It seems like meals from ancient times until around the 1940s were always huge. They must have had times when they didn't have a lot of food, so they had to make up for it when they had it.

  21. Wydia Becton
    U feel like this is a lot until you remind yourself that the portions were tiny af!!! This really isnt that hard to do once u stop lookin at this thru 2019 portion eyes!👀🤣🤣🤣

  22. What a delightful, six-hour meal for the first-class passengers of the Titanic.  How romantic.  Their final dessert was icy ocean water infested by sharks.  It was the sharks that had the most exquisite meals — fat, wealthy humans stuffed with canapes, consommé, roasted squab, fois gras, filet mignon, rose water sorbet, chartreuse jelly and champagne.  That dumb ass shark in JAWS didn't know what he was missing out on.

  23. Laughingly the 1st class food wouldn't be 1st class anymore. It would be enjoyed by everyone! No such thing as 1st class food! Food is food regardless of social status! I don't care if people are on food benefits programme, they can eat whatever they wish? It's not anyone's business to spy on people.

  24. Wealthy people eat a lot of fast food! They don't eat "1st class food"! In fact heart attacks and strokes are a huge health problem among the wealthy.

  25. Ironically, just before the tragedy occurred. , the head chef yelled out, " oh no, we've run out of ice" At least I hope that happened.

  26. In 1982 I was treated to a $125 per plate multi-course meal at Jean Louis which was then at Watergate in DC. Different wines for each course. Onion rings were actually squid rings. The soup was COLD lobster bisque…it went downhill to the sherbert. Many in the group did not like it much. The man from Haiti… he loved it as they are into French food.

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