Le Chambord Country Inn and Restaurant in Hopewell Junction, NY Recreates Last Meal Served on RMS Titanic

Dinner on deck: A local restaurateur recreates the last meal served on the Titanic

One hundred years have gone by since the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912. Only 13 years, however, have passed since Roy Benich, owner of Le Chambord Country Inn and Restaurant in Hopewell Junction, commemorated the memory of the great ship’s demise. In 1998, Benich hosted a special period dinner that recreated the ship’s final meal — offering the menu, atmosphere, and music of that fateful evening. After receiving numerous phone calls from customers requesting a reprise of the occasion, Benich is reenacting the lavish repast in honor of the ship’s 100th anniversary this month. The black-tie optional event features the original 10 courses, including oysters à la Russe and canapés à L’Amiral, alongside 10 different wines. Benich’s guests will then enjoy coffee, cigars, port, and cordials on the terrace while a string quartet performs the exact songs played on that cold night in 1912. Dining in first-class “was the highlight — a major part of the day — on the ship,” Benich said. “No business was spoken of, and it was a long, drawn-out affair.”

Benich expects an excellent response to his memorable event — although he’ll control the number of reservations for the sake of his kitchen staff. “We limit the number of tickets to 150,” he said. “That’s approximately 1,500 plates to clean.”

April 13; social hour begins at 8 p.m., dinner at 9 p.m. Tickets are $199 per person. 2737 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction. 845-221-1941 or www.lechambord.com

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