The lavish, post-WWI England dining scenes in the PBS television series Downton Abbey appeal to chef Chip Roman of Blackfish restaurant in Conshohocken. He also happens to be a history buff.
Blackfish will re-create a luxurious dinner party typically enjoyed by the Crawley clan on Sunday, Feb. 24, the week after the finale of Season 3. It also will be reprised Monday, Feb. 25. <canceled
In the spirit of Roman's Titanic-last-meal he served last April, this repast will be a blow-out: seven refined courses, to be introduced by an amuse-bouche and concluding with petits fours. Plates speak to the aristocratic palate, with delicacies of the sea, a luscious soup, fowl and wild game that would be routinely hunted on the grounds of the real-life Highclere Castle that is the stand-in for Downton Abbey itself. “
The dinner will cost $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Open seating begins at 4:30PM and will continue to 10PM. Tables will be sat at intervals to ensure adequate timing and spacing of service. Diners are encouraged (but not required) to dress formally or as if they were guests at a Downton Abbey function. The restaurant has a BYOB policy, so guests can utilize the menu below when considering beverage pairings.
Downton Abbey Dinner
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013
Salmon toast with mustard butter and chervil
Cape May salt oysters with brook trout roe and champagne vinaigrette
Mrs. Patmore’s London Particular
Sweet pea velouté with country ham and crème fraîche
Blue crab galette with Belgian endive and foie gras
Roasted quail with frisée, lardons, fondant potatoes and Madeira jus
Slow roasted wild venison with sweet potato, cardoons, juniper, and quince
Cheese selection served family style
Floating island with crème anglaise and raspberry coulis
*Menu subject to change at the Chef’s discretion due to availability of ingredients*
Each great house—Downton Abbey included—was expected to throw at least one great garden party a year, preferably in August or September. Invitations were sent by the hostess weeks in advance, with the promise of tennis, croquet, or other amusements. If there was to be dancing at night, it was either done in a tent or under the moonlight on the lawn, perhaps illuminated by Chinese lanterns.