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St. Louis commemorated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with Centennial Weekend, including a meticulously researched 11-course menu served on stage at the Fox Theatre. Mary Strauss orchestrated the event, with Joan Quicksilver as co-chair.
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Miran Halen, Soprano, St. Louis Symphony: There have been so many wonderful events in St. Louis this past year that it is impossible to choose only one. The St. Louis Symphony Red Velvet Gala featured Itzhak Perlman, the legendary violinist who is inspirational to audiences and fellow musicians. It was an incredible evening, especially when he returned to the stage for his encore, the theme to the film, Schindler�s List. It was an unforgettable performance and an incomparable event. The Titanic Centennial Weekend was truly an event to remember. The attention to detail by Mary Strauss and her team was amazing�from the actors who portrayed actual guests to the wait-staff in costume. A memorable night! Finally, I enjoyed my second rock �n� roll concert, Sting, at the Fox Theatre. He was phenomenal; I found myself rocking to the music!
Titanic Centennial Dinner Fox Performing Arts Foundation By Bryan Schraier On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, guests gathered at the Fox Theatre to relive the last dinner served on the doomed ship. Guests mingled with actors and actresses in costume in the lobby as if on the dock preparing to board the great ship. At last helped onto the stage, the guests were seated before an ocean of ‘stars,’ enjoyed period music, speeches by personalities such as the captain Edward Smith, and an 11-course dinner, the same as was served on the Titanic a century ago. Proceeds benefit the Fox Performing Arts Foundation. The event was chaired by Mary Strauss, with Joan Quicksilver as co-chair.
It is hard to believe that April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R. M. S. Titanic. The ship was unlike anything the world had ever seen.
On April 14, one of the most authentic, large-scale recreations of the last first class meal served aboard the R.M.S. Titanic will be served on the stage of The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Consisting of 11 courses and nine wines, the epic scope of this meal is part of what keeps interest in the Titanic story alive. According to Thom Johnson, director of food and beverage for Fox Associates, in today’s dollars, this feast, along with other first-class meals, would have constituted a $124,000 up-charge per person. Here are just some highlights of that fateful last meal:
When we finally caught up with the always-involved and charismatic Mary Strauss, she had just watched the season premiere of the Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey, starring Maggie Smith as the imperious Dowager Countess of Grantham. “I am really enjoying that show!” she admits. “And I just love Maggie Smith!”
A once-in-a-lifetime event is coming ashore in St. Louis: A TITANIC CENTENNIAL WEEKEND takes place April 13, 14 and 15 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The weekend will center around three noteworthy events, including a Missouri History Museum reception, exhibit and screening of the 1958 film, A Night of Remember; a Titanic Champagne brunch at Piper Palm House; and the pièce de résistance: ‘The Last Dinner on the Titanic’ at the Fox Theatre—a meticulously researched recreation of the ship’s first-class, 11-course menu that was served on that fateful night. Pro - ceeds from the April 14 Fox dinner will benefit the Fox Performing Arts Foundation. The foundation’s MARY STRAUSS, who has been planning the event along with JOAN QUICKSILVER and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, tells us that she has become quite the Titanic expert over the past few months. For more information on the Centennial, call 657-5033 or visit titanic2012stl.com.
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