Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Titanic-Themed Dinner Party to Recreate Voyage's Final Meal

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Titanic-Themed Dinner Party to Recreate Voyage's Final Meal

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The ship has set sail. The staff has been trained. The food is being prepared and the china is ready for its first use A grand affair is on the horizon as a small group readies themselves for a re-creation of the final dinner of a lifetime.

"Sometimes an idea just pops into your head and you've just got to go with it," said Ian Crawford, host of a Titanic anniversary dinner Saturday evening at Crawford's home in Tall Pines.

Saturday and Sunday mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912. The Titanic struck an iceberg late on the evening of April 14, 1912, sinking approximately three hours later and taking with her over 1,500 of her 2,200 passengers.

Crawford, director of the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion and a long time Titanic enthusiast, said that the idea for the dinner party started off as just an idea.

"Originally, I thought it would be fun to do a dressy casual dinner with Titanic discussion," he said. "But a redo of the menu wouldn't be doable. Then I thought, well maybe it's possible and I'll look at caterers for a small, replica-casual meal."

From that point on, Crawford's Titanic dinner spiraled out of control, he said. He found Events Catering chef Kim Chism to replicate the exact menu, Titanic China, Co. for reproduction place settings, and Kyle Fine Stationery for replica menus, tickets and invitations for his guests.

"If you give a mouse a cookie," Crawford said, "he's going to want to go on the Titanic."

Crawford said he understands that while he is throwing a celebration, he, as well as his guests, remember what is being commemorated and why.

"You have to be careful and know to appreciate and celebrate the right thing," he said. "Saturday night we will be celebrating people and the era and acknowledging those lost. This anniversary dinner is not for shock value, but is, instead, for the immersion experience of going back to Titanic one more time."

It was a time in history, Crawford said, that was more genteel and worth making the attempt to experience again, even 100 years later.

"The Titanic was the last time the whole world felt fabulous," he said. …

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