As the world pauses to remember the great calamity of April 14, 1912, two area restaurants are recreating the last meal — or aspects of it — for the upcoming 100th anniversary.
For Langermann’s, the dinners are a return engagement of the one it produced for New Year’s Eve. For that dinner, chef Neil Langermann pared down the staggering 10-course meal to a manageable five.
The Titanic dinners at Langermann’s (2400 Boston St., 410-534-3287, langermanns.com) will be a fleet but seaworthy four-course affair. The entree selections are filet Mignon Lili, poached salmon fillet with Mousseline sauce and roasted lamb with mint sauce. The cost of Langermann’s Titanic dinner is $35 or $55 with suggested wine pairings.
The April 14 dinner at The Rockfish (400 Sixth St., Annapolis, 410-267-1800, rockfishmd.com) is attempting the whole 10-course affair.
What makes the Flying Dog dinner at the Rockfish unique are the beer pairings. Each of those courses — everything from the Consomme Olga to the Waldorf Pudding — will be paired with a different Flying Dog beer.
“Everybody can do beer dinners,” said Ben Savage, vice president for brand development at the Frederick-based brewery. “We like to take a slightly different approach to it. We like to interact with restaurants and chefs who can do really unique things with beer dinners that can give people lasting memories.”
Flying Dog’s brewers worked with Jimmy McCarthy, executive chef at The Rockfish, to come up with the pairings for the menu. A definite highlight comes in Course Nine, when pate de fois gras and celery get washed down with Disobedience Abbey Dubbel, a limited release-beer from Flying Dog available only during April.
The idea of working with the Rockfish for the Titanic dinner was a natural for Flying Dog, Savage said.
“We’re really dialed in with a lot of the watermen fraternity down here,” he said. “So when we came up with the idea of a Titanic dinner, we thought Annapolis would be perfect.”
“It should be a great night,” said Savage about the Titanic dinner, “without any frozen ice and carnage.”
The April 14 Ghosts of the Flying Dog Dinner at the Rockfish begins at 6 p.m. and the seated dinner starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $125 per person or $450 for a table of four.