Breakfast and lunch on Titanic


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Jonathan Payette

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Hello,

I wonder what was the usual First Class breakfast and lunch compose of ? Was there buffets like in nowadays luxurious hotels (the ones I've been to anyways) ? Did the band played music for those occasions ?

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Jonathan,

About the band, it usually never played during meals. Any movie that shows the band play during meals is incorrect. I don't have the exact times with me, but there was only one band and it had to play in 1st and 2nd class at different times. It never played at dinner, but straight after dinner at 8pm, when everyone gathered in the reception room. I will try hunting the times down for you, and post them.

Daniel.
 
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Hey,
Breakfast and lunch was not served in the Dining Saloon right? Also I heard that the Verandah Cafe did not serve food just little things. Was the Cafe Parisian open for these meals?

thanks-Sahand
 
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Sahand,

You're write about the verandahs. The big meal shown in that location in the Cameron movie wouldn't happen, but you could have coffee or tea or maybe a small something to eat, but not a full meal.
 

Nigel Bryant

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"Was there buffets like in nowadays luxurious hotels"

In the D-deck first-class Dining Saloon, there were buffet cabinets both on oppostie sides of the room. Cameron's film portrays this buffet spread at the dinner scene. That food looks beautiful :)

- Nige
 
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Nigel,

The dining room piano would have been used for religious reasons, or for specially organised occasions in the room. Not during meal times.

In my post above I said there was only one band. Of course on Titanic there were two, but the trio were reserved for the B deck reception room mainly, so I excluded them. The other band played in 1st and 2nd class.

Daniel.
 
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Daniel,

I had no idea one of the bands played for second class passengers as well. That just goes to show how wonderful second class on the Olympic-class vessels really was.
 
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Brandon,

Indeed, what a luxury! The band paid equal attention to 2nd class as it did to 1st. Once breakfast was over and passengers begin to relax, the very first place the band played was the 2nd class companion on C deck (between 10am - 11am) there was a piano there.

From then on it moved to the 1st class grand staircase foyer on the boat deck, from where the music would flow down the flights .... I can just imagine it, it would have been so wonderful! They played there from 11 - 12. A break followed, and they again gave a concert, this time in the 1st class reception room on D deck between 4 - 5. I think Elizabeth Lines mentioned people coming back to the reception room by 4pm, on Saturday for the concert.

The band played again on C deck in 2nd class from 5 - 6. Then a break, and the band entertained 1st class after dinner from 8 - to a little after 9pm.

The last time for the day it played in the 2nd class companion till 10.15pm. Then they were off to bed to do the same thing all over again the following day!

Regards,

Daniel.
 

Kris Muhvic

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Good Morning!

The main breakfast would be served in the Saloon; of course one could scatter wherever they wished for a simple pastry and cup of tea. Breakfast was an important part of the Edwardian routine...they did love to eat! Here is a breakfast menu listing from Titanic on April 11:

Baked Apples Fresh Fruit Stewed Prunes
Quaker Oats Boiled Hominy Puffed Rice
Fresh Herring
Findon Haddock Smoked Salmon
Grilled Mutton Kidneys & Bacon
Grilled Ham Grilled Sausage
Lamb Collops Vegetable Stew
Fried, Shirred, Poached & Boiled Eggs
Plain & Tomato Omelettes to Order
Sirloin Steak & Mutton Chops to Order
Mashed, Saute & Jacket Potatoes
Cold Meat
Vienna & Graham Rolls
Soda & Sultana Scones Corn Bread
Buckwheat Cakes
Black Currant Conserve Narbonne Honey
Oxford Marmalade
Watercress

Whew! Can anyone eat all that? Now, I don't know what a few things are (what are "collops"?), but here's a look into the beginnings of the day!

(This menu was in "Last Dinner on the Titanic", maybe published elsewhere, but this is where I found it)

Kris~
 
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The music travelling down the flights would have really been something to hear, and would have surely added to the grandness of the first class stairway.
 

Noel F. Jones

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What the hell is kedgeree?

A savoury fish and rice dish usually served for breakfast; usually served hot in an earthenware dish with a curry sauce served separately.

The dish and its name are of Indian origin and derive from the British imperial experience in India. From where it 'escaped' into the menus of the British merchant marine.

I doubt it made it much to the western hemisphere.

Noel
 

Eric Sauder

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Hi, Brandon:

You wrote: "I had no idea one of the bands played for second class passengers as well. That just goes to show how wonderful second class on the Olympic-class vessels really was."

Perhaps, but keep in mind that an orchestra was also a standard fixture in second class on Lusitania starting in 1907....

Eric Sauder
 
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Hey,
Ok are you guys listening?!?! I asked if the Parisian served breakfast! Heloo!!!!!!! Ok well please respond and thank you!

Sahand
 
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Hello Eric,

Thanks for the interesting note on the Lusitania. Having a band play for second class was apparently more common than I thought.

Sahand,

Try to have some patience. We're all human just like you, and certain questions take more time to get answered. If someone has the answer, it will most likely get posted to you. If not, then like I said, we're only human. We can't just cough up an accurate answer to everything.
 

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