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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:25 AM

Introducing the World’s Most Expensive Christmas Meal (and why the rich are going to hell)

I am doing a food drive at work to keep people from starving over Christmas. We now know what the rich will be doing.

I'm not sure what bothers me most about this. The fact that these people are horrible or that Time Magazine is pushing this story as though it is something amazing and fabulous. Either way, I am disgusted.

Introducing the World’s Most Expensive Christmas Meal

Austerity? What austerity? A London chef is set to prepare a Christmas Day dinner for four that will give a new meaning to the term ‘holiday indulgence.’ The event is being put together by “luxury products & experiences” website VeryFirstTo.com, and, if it sells, will set the buyer back an eye-popping $200,450.

The sumptuous feast will be prepared in the lucky buyer’s home by Ben Spalding, 25-year-old chef at John Salt, the new brick-licking hotspot in London’s upscale Islington district. Before the meal gets under way (see the full menu below), patrons will start with an aperitif of 1907 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, valued at $59,500 a bottle, served in diamond-studded flutes. (NewsFeed certainly hopes that you get to keep the glasses.)

The opening course is bird’s nest and Almas caviar, made with a 150-year-old balsamic vinegar, and Pata Negra Ibérico jamón (that’s Spanish ham, to you and me). They then get the world’s most expensive melon, the Yubari King, which hails from China and is prepared with whole white truffle and saffron.

But these are the mere opening acts to the meal’s pièces de résistance: Dodine of rare-breed turkey with Wagyu beef fillet and heart, wrapped in 50-carat gold leaf and sprinkled with Akbari Pistachios — a dish that would reportedly cost $8,000 on its own. Dessert is a rather simple-sounding Densuke watermelon from Hokkaido, Japan (an island that only produces 10,000 melons a year) but the fact that you get to eat it off a gold, Ugandan vanilla plate will make it reassuringly ridiculous.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/12/11/introducing-the-worlds-most-expensive-christmas-meal/


"Please sir, can I just have your $10,000 melon rind?"

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DonRedwood Dec 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #1
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #3
unblock Dec 2012 #8
frylock Dec 2012 #22
Victor_c3 Dec 2012 #33
spanone Dec 2012 #42
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #50
demwing Dec 2012 #53
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NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #6
democrattotheend Dec 2012 #19
roguevalley Dec 2012 #57
sadbear Dec 2012 #4
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jsr Dec 2012 #5
DonRedwood Dec 2012 #9
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kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #21
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Odin2005 Dec 2012 #58

Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:27 AM

1. Menu here... But WTF is 50 carat gold?



Screener: Diva Vodka & Piper Heidsieck 1907
***
Bird’s Nest & Almas Caviar, 150-year-old balsamic & Pata Negra Iberico jambon
1949 Cheval Blanc
***
Whole White Alba Truffle poached in poulet de bresse juice & Sargol saffron stock, Yubari king Melon
1988 Corton-Charlemagne, Coche-Dury
***
Dodine of rare-breed turkey with Wagyu beef fillet & heart, wrapped in 50 carat gold leaf, Perigord truffles and Akbari pistachios
1959 La Tache
***
Whipped Kopi Luwak & Amedei premium chocolate with rare Densuke watermelon eaten off a gold Ugandan vanilla plate
1976 Chateau d’Yquem

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/12/11/introducing-the-worlds-most-expensive-christmas-meal/#ixzz2El1eTRgA

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:32 AM

3. It's made from the fillings of poor people who have starved to death maybe?

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:38 AM

8. whatever it is, it should be paired with a 450-proof wine.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:46 AM

22. david cross does an awesome bit about using gold in food

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:34 PM

33. I'm a chemist and I work with precious metals for a living

I was wondering the same thing. 24 karat is theoretically 100% pure gold. I don't know how you make anything more than 100% pure...

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:33 PM

42. i'll take a veggie subway.

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Response to spanone (Reply #42)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 06:58 PM

50. with avadoco on honey wheat?

that's what i have every day for lunch.... (sigh, not by choice...recent heart issue means I have to eat better)

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:23 PM

53. It's probably meant to read 50% pure gold (12 karat)

but I'm just guessing (though 12 K does = 50% purity)

BTW - the article says 50 carat. "Carat" is a measurement of gemstone weight, while "karat" is the measure of gold purity. That's pretty common stuff and a decent editor should have caught it, so I'm beginning to wonder about the accuracy of any of the content.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:29 AM

2. We absolutely do not need rich people.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:33 AM

6. Well, maybe we can have them mow our lawns after we take back our money.

I'm trying to be a little kind, here.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:21 AM

19. I think that's a bit of an overgeneralization

Plenty of rich people have contributed a lot to this country. Some have built businesses that provide good jobs (no, Walmart, I am not talking about you!), discovered breakthroughs in technology, and done a lot to improve the standard of living for everyone, even the poor. Many rich people have engaged in philanthropy that has made a huge difference for many people and causes.

That's not to say that my stomach didn't churn at reading this article. Anyone who can afford a meal like this can afford to pay a lot more in taxes! But to say that all rich people are evil or useless is an overgeneralization that doesn't do anyone any favors.

Case in point: what about Ted Kennedy? He was filthy rich but I think we can all agree he did this world a lot of good.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:24 PM

57. given the article and that rich = asshole most of the time, I hope you

indulge us here.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:33 AM

4. Sounds like someone is ripping off some rich folk.

I got nothing against that. (Reminds me of that movie The Freshman with Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.)

And that 25 year-old kid must be REALLY good to charge that much.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:58 AM

14. All my thoughts, as well.

If Salt turns around and uses some portion to, for example, finance clean water well projects or cataract surgery for Third World impoverished, so much the better.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:33 AM

5. No gladiators in live combat or orgies with young boys?

How boring.

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Response to jsr (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:42 AM

9. maybe the heart on the menu is plucked, still beating, from the breast of a

young Republican?

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Response to jsr (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:15 PM

49. Don't be gauche....

...they have Russian fuck pits.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:35 AM

7. Not my idea of fine dining > regardless of price. The menu lacks imagination

and fills in with vulgar displays of financial wealth.

Kind of sad excuse for a menu.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:30 AM

21. I say LET the rich be vulgar and waste their money -

the more they do it and the sooner, the better.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:54 PM

23. Same here. Besides, I get full after 10 bites

So it would be a really bad deal for me.

I avoid all you can eat whenever possible because my stomach hurts after eating more than half a plate. I can't imagine spending even 1/1000th of this for a meal. I think the most I have ever spent on a meal was $50 per person. And that was for a very special occasion.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:45 AM

10. Many, many years ago I subscribed to Worldwatch magazine.

In one issue there was a heart wrenching photo of little boys in Darfur searching the ground for ants to eat. I can still see them like the magazine was open in front of me.

I don't care how obscenely rich people get, as long as everyone on the planet is taken care of first. Three hots & a cot, health care, & education. We don't get to call ourselves 'humanity' until we do that.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:48 AM

11. :0( nobody should be eating ants to stay alive :0(

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:19 AM

18. I also read in Worldwatch, that it's not uncommon for women

in some parts of the world to spend 4 hours a day getting their domestic water supply, often times at great risk to their safety & well being. I turn on the tap & out it comes.

And these assholes spend a quarter of a million dollars on one meal. I have no words for the disgust I feel.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:50 AM

12. It's ancient Rome

It's a repeat of the old one about stuffing a chicken inside a duck, then the duck inside a goose, then the goose inside a pig, then the pig inside a cow, and cooking the whole thing, or plates full of peacock tongues, all in the name of one-upmanship.

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Response to JHB (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:24 AM

20. It's ancient Rome mixed with the French revolution.

The rich get richer and we get what is left of the scraps.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:51 AM

13. disgusting. If this doesn't set people off I don't know what will.

 

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:03 AM

15. So when we break it down it's a fucking turkey dinner

 

I hope some rich person buys it....dumbasses

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:07 AM

16. Brick-licking? What's that mean?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:11 PM

24. Brick licking described here....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/dec/07/john-salt-london-restaurant-review

I'd forgotten this until dinner at John Salt. Until our enchanting server asks, straight-faced, "Have you ever licked a brick before?" Just like those midwives, I know he's going back to his colleagues, chortling, "Yep, mine did it. LULZ!"

This nonsensical japery/ground-breaking piece of culinary innovation is the brainchild of Ben Spalding, the chef who wowed us at Simon Rogan's London showcase, Roganic. It's an actual brick coated with brittle caramel. Smeared on top is a lick of chicken liver cream, the salty pop of chicken skin, pickled sweetcorn, lingonberries and onion puree with an undertone of bitter toffee. It's gone in nano-seconds, leaving me with one overwhelming emotion: bewilderment.

Why serve food on something requiring lengthy soaking and three cycles of an industrial dishwasher to get it ready for each caramel coating? As everyone in the room applies tongues to bricks, all I think is, someone's having a laugh.


Humans are idiots.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:26 PM

27. In a just society, alleged "chef" Ben Spalding would be drug into the street and horsewhipped*



* I do not encourage, recommend, or endorse this action.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:14 AM

17. Let's see here . . .

Didn't accounts of similar excesses on the part of the aristocracy -- as well as rising food prices -- set off a little something called the French Revolution? Just sayin'.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:14 PM

25. Ah, damn. I'm spending Christmas in Italy and New Year's in London.

Looks like I should have switched the two.

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Response to lightcameron (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:40 PM

34. LOL!

 

You are cracking me up!!!!

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:20 PM

26. A tiny crumb of sanity...

from the article:

Spalding says he is donating 80% of his fee to the charities Cancer Research U.K. and Hospitality Action. ”At least I am trying to make a difference,” he tweeted. ”It may not even sell. If that is the case, I will spend the day with my young family and two babies. But at least I tried.”


My guess is the chef's fee would be 10% or so of the cost, so $16K has a chance of being useful. The remainder of the $200k turns to piss and poop.




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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:29 PM

28. And after that nice meal...

your tumbril is ready to whisk you to the guillotine.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:59 PM

29. Oh just stop your class envy.

You know you're just jealous.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #29)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:03 PM

37. Yeah I Just Encountered That Upthread

 

In a not so subtle way.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:03 PM

30. Exactly what flavor enhancement does the gold leaf give the meat?

We aspiring chefs wants to know

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:04 PM

31. doesn't sound very appetizing

 

but whatever, let the rich waste their money

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:13 PM

32. What? No hummingbird tongue?

Hmmmph. Plebeians.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:44 PM

35. If you ate this meal without knowing how expensive it is, it'll probably taste like crap nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #35)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:07 PM

48. Agreed

I didn't see anything on the menu that "wowed" me. They will probably still be hungry afterward.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:55 PM

36. Meh. Vulgar ostentation.

I'd rather go to dinner at Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger with a couple of friends. Even completely pigging out on expensive wine the bill would be $1000-1500 tops. And the food would be better, far better. Ming cooked me the best meal I've ever had in my life back in 2001.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #36)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:05 PM

39. And yet there are those of us who would consider a $15 dinner at Chili's

an extravagance.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #39)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:32 PM

41. And there are those of us

who consider getting a couple of mcdoubles at McDonalds an extravagance.

So much cheaper to buy and make your own.

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Response to MotorCityMan (Reply #41)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:47 PM

45. Mostly, that's what I do. I have a meat grinder so I buy

cheap beef cuts and grind my own.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #39)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:39 PM

43. Most of the time I would too, including these days.

But if I was ever gonna splurge, I could do it for a lot less than however many hundred grand that London fiasco costs.

My only point was that an otherworldly meal can and should cost less than a house.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #43)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:46 PM

44. I didn't mean to be snarky, I was just commenting that for

many even your extravagant meal is out of reach.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #44)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:05 PM

46. It is for me, too. At least for the last few years.

I am no stranger to ramen noodles.

But I thoroughly enjoy getting taken out to dinner at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas each year.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:03 PM

38. The French King Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette, as well as a good

number of the nobility lost their heads over such extravagances, while people were starving. Those rich people, who don't recognize their duty of noblesse oblige better start looking over their shoulders or at the very least look at history. Most high born rich people through the ages always recognized the need to throw some bones and crumbs to the masses before they indulged themselves to stop any uprisings.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:16 PM

40. Wait, I thought they spent all that money on "job creation"

sad, sick, world

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:53 PM

47. Ostentatious (obviously!) but not that wasteful really

Yes, it is a waste of money. But it isn't as if they were ordering in a metric ton of caviar and somehow distilling it down to a spoonful, or encouraging a vomitorium break between courses. A $20,000 bottle of wine and a $5 bottle both use about the same amount of grapes. There aren't a lot of poor people malnourished for want of gold leaf.

I'm not making light of the disgusting income inequity that exists in the world. However, this $200,000 dinner for four doesn't take food from anyone. The money, transport, and effort could certainly be spent more wisely and there is some real waste there, but the money doesn't actually disappear, it gets circulated and is no longer in the hands of the idiots who think $200,000+ meals are fun.

In summation, this is a hugely symbolic FU to the poor, but it really doesn't do much one way or the other to affect the amount of food available to the poor.

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:04 PM

51. But Medicare, SS and Foodstamps must be slashed

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:07 PM

52. Well at least the chef has the self awareness for this:

"Spalding says he is donating 80% of his fee to the charities Cancer Research U.K. and Hospitality Action"

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:26 PM

54. a Pizza sounds better to me, but i wouldn't care if they spend money on this

as long as they paid what they should in taxes and other things. in fact most of them could do it and still easily waste money on things like this .

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:43 PM

55. Pity Scrooge didn't live to see this

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:57 PM

56. It's a publicity stunt! And you are giving them publicity!

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:07 PM

58. These fucks need to have their money taken from them!

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