Victoriana Lady Lisa Griffiths Lewis will host an event on Saturday March 26, 2011from 6-8 pm that pays tribute to the elegance and tragic history of the Titanic.
The "Last Dinner on the Titanic" high tea seeks to recreate what it might have been like the night before the doomed ocean liner hit an iceberg. The icy ocean water claimed the ship and more than 1,500 lives.
The magnitude of the tragedy shocked the world in the early 20th century and still intrigues people today, Lewis said.
"It just holds our fascination, because it's so incredible, the story and the reality of it."
The tea will be held Saturday at the Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre. It is the first of several events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking on April 14, 1912.
A Titanic-themed high tea and low tea were planned for April, but sold out so quickly that the March date was added. While a high tea includes a full meal, a low tea is a typical afternoon tea, with scones, pastries and other treats to nibble on.
"We're definitely going to be repeating the Titanic-themed teas, because it's very popular," she said.
Lewis will tell the story of the Titanic while dressed in authentic Victorian fashion.
Guests will be treated to dishes straight from the Titanic's menu for first class passengers. Jody Klocko, executive chef at the Stegmaier Mansion, will prepare canape a la admiral - a shrimp salad canape on toasted Parisian bread - vegetable barley soup and chicken lyonnaise.
Klocko is the former head chef chocolatier for Godiva and a gold medal winner of the Coupe de Monde World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France.
"He's preparing everything as only he can do," Lewis said. "It will be suited to the modern taste."
Dessert includes homemade eclairs and peaches and chartreuse jelly - "and that I can't wait to see for myself," Lewis said.
She will also discuss the history of the ship. Her display includes an original newspaper documenting the sinking, along with several books written immediately after the sinking that document survivors' stories. Telling the tale amid the ambiance of the Stegmaier Mansion will truly give attendees the feel of that period in history.
"It's really a time capsule," she said of the mansion.
Dinner dress should be worn. Patrons are welcome to wear Victorian or Edwardian attire, but it is not required.
"It's a very elegant affair," she said. "The mansion is the caliber of those who would have sailed on first class, so the folks attending this event will feel as if they are first class."