The tragedy that took more than 1,500 lives, 100 years ago has presented San Diego with multiple opportunities to commemorate the events as a community. As the San Diego Natural History Museum opened the anticipatory “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” in February, many have been voyaging to Balboa Park to walk the footsteps of those who once boarded the world’s largest ocean liner.
Now, The Prado introduces a Titanic Centennial First Class Dinner, providing a replica of the evening prior to the sinking of the mega-ship. On April 14th at 6pm, The Prado will transform into an authentic Titanic experience, complete with a 10-course meal reminiscent of the 1912 occasion, music, and a guided monologue from Barbara Chronowski, an actress who portrayed a Titanic survivor in the 1997 film.
Guests will flaunt their finest garb in the Grand Ballroom as waiters in white tuxedo jackets seat all for the main event: the meal. Flavors will swirl through The Prado, as Chef Jonathan Hale cooks up ten courses reflective of the history from the Titanic’s sailing, pairing five wines with the cuisine. Stand-out dishes include Oysters for starters, Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce, a Chicken Lyonnaise, Lamb with Mint Sauce, Pate de Foie Gras, and Waldorf Pudding.
A piano quintet will accompany the meal with era-specific music, as Barbara Chronowski presents her monologue based on documented first-hand encounters. After the meal, explore “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the San Diego Natural History Museum, with doors open until 3am.
The event marks 100 years since the ship’s sinking on April 15, 1912, and gives San Diego a unique chance to play a part in its history. Tickets are limited to 100 people, priced at $212 at buypradotickets.com
**Main photo of Barbara Chronowsky and "Captain Smith” by Martin Mann
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