Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You better be eating gold for that price

I just read this interesting little nugget on Clark Howard

Think dining has gotten a bit too expensive? Several diners will ante up $31,100 each to have the dinner of a lifetime at Le Grand Trianon at Versailles, outside of Paris. An extraordinary banquet of 15 courses will be prepared by 16 of some of the world's most respected and grand chefs to 60 guests in the Salon des Cotelle - the luxurious personal retreat of Marie-Antoinette gifted to her by Louis XVI in 1774. The room's walls are adorned with scenes by the 17th century painter Jean Cotelle. The price includes transfers by private chauffeur-driven limousine from a Paris hotel (guests stay at Le Bristol, The Crillon, Four Seasons Hotel George V, The Meurice, Plaza Athenee and the Trianon Palace & Spa) to Versailles, a pre-dinner visit to the private estate of Marie Antoinette for a cocktail reception and a private recital at the Pavillon Francais. A ladies' souvenir includes a specially commissioned Sevres breakfast set and the fragrance Guerlain, in a monogrammed bottle. For the men the gift is an exclusive edition monogrammed case of three rare wines, a flask of vintage Hennessy Cognac, a magnum of Dom Ruinart and a limited edition "Dinner of the Chefs" apron embroidered in gold letters. Event sponsors say proceeds will go to the International Foundation for Research on Alzheimer's Disease.

Great googly moogly, that's an expensive dinner! I'm all for charity dinners, but wow, you must be seriously rich and extremely passionate about Alzheimer's research to pony up more than 30 grand for this event. I suppose the food will be profound, but 15 courses is a lot to stomach in one sitting, even if they're fairly small. If I were going, I imagine I'd have to undergo some sort of stomach stretching training regiment just to make sure every thousand dollar bite was appreciated.

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