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A Night to Remember

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In 1992 I had just arrived in the USA from China where I had been working for almost 4 years. I had started to work for a hotel group with about 4 properties in the Twin Cities area. Not long after starting, the city of St. Paul, Minnesota was the venue of an exhibit of the Titanic. My hotel was one of the sponsoring hotels. As part of the promotion we invited corporate accounts to a special reception and a chance to visit the Titanic exhibit. The reception menu was replicated from the first class menu served to the passengers aboard the maiden voyage. I saved a copy of the promotional material which was printed for the occasion. The material featured the two vessels of the White Star Line; the SS Olympic and the RMS Titanic. On the reverse side was the celebrated menu. I used the various dishes served to cook up the following poem.

The title of the poem recalls the original film made in Black and white with the title “A Night to Remember” starring Kenneth More and Honor Blackman which was released about July 1958. The RMS Titanic sank 105 years ago on April 14th, 1912.

 

A BITE TO REMEMBER

 

The night we remember,

When the Titanic sank deep down

First Class passengers were dining,

Like a night out on the town

 

Their dinner on that fateful night

First oysters a la Russe

Canapés à l’amiral

And then a sherbet mousse

 

Second course of soups

One came from the Volga

Cream of barley in a bowl

And too, consommé Olga

 

Third course served was from the sea

Not brought in a terrine

Poached salmon on a gilded plate

With sauce of mousseline

 

Fourth course were the entrées

With filet mignons Lili

Or chicken Lyonnaise

And vegetable marrow farci

 

Fifth course they call removes

With lamb and sauce of mint

And duck with Calvados,

Just a little hint

 

These were paired with veggies

Healthy garden fare

Spuds, carrots, minted pea timbales

All of them were there.

 

To clean the palette sixth, was served

Punch Romaine or sorbet

The choices two but simple

You only had to say

 

Seventh course was roasted squab

On a bed of wilted cress

Exquisite dining for the price

You could not ask for less

 

Eighth course was a salad

With champagne Vinaigrette

This was such a tasty dish

Whoever could forget?

 

The ninth course was a cold dish

Of Pâté de Foie Gras

Goose livers all the way from France

Where food is Ooh la la!

 

Comes now course number ten

Peaches in chartreuse jelly

Waldorf pudding, chocolate eclairs

Watch out for your belly

 

Eleventh course,

Of fruit and cheese.

By now more food

Is one tight squeeze

 

And finally a bourbon tasting

Best to sip it slow

And on that note I’ll say farewell

This was a fine last supper of some who rest below.

Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

7 thoughts on “A Night to Remember

  1. How amazing is that, what a great poem too. When I sold advertising for a local newspaper group I remember going down to the basement and finding one of the original newspaper copies featuring the story of the Titanic sinking . There were reporting the deaths of people from the area.

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  2. This product of your creative imagination is wonderful. The story on the woman’s boarding pass was tragic. Travelers were looked upon as persons those days. I can’t imagine anyone eating all that food, as delicious as it must have been.

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  3. Great poem, and really interesting back story.

    Like

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