The $203,000 Christmas Dinner

The $203,000 Christmas Dinner

But in Britain, where class warfare and government austerity has led to a backlash against excess, the dinner has stirred controversy. And so far, there are no takers. (Read More: Towns With the Most Mega-Mansion Sales)

While some people “have salivated over the prospect, these are budget-conscious times and no one has yet committed,” said Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo, the website offering this so-called Ultimate Christmas Dinner.

And, in fact, Spalding has had to defend himself on Twitter against some outrage at the extravagance of the meal. While acknowledging it’s a “hideous amount of money” and “anything costing that much is nuts,” he tweeted “charity/ies will benefit from this massively if this sells. Only way I would agree to it x plus great fun.” (Read More: Personal Services for the One Percent)

The menu, of course, includes caviar and truffles. There’s $ 10,000 worth of edible gold leaf, and that $ 60,000 bottle of Piper Heidsieck 1907 Champagne is to be served in diamond-studded champagne flutes.

Among the other ingredients:

  • Akbari pistachios ($ 8100)
  • Wagyu beef ($ 7,300)
  • Kopi Luwak: coffee beans that have been excreted by the Asian Palm Civet ($ 4,900)
  • Yubari King melon from China ($ 4100)
  • Densuke watermelon, grown only on the island of Hokkaido, Japan ($ 4,100).
  • DIVA vodka, described by its manufacturer as “diamond-sand-filtered.” It’s served in a bottle filled with Swarovski crystals. ($ 3,200)
  • 150-year-old balsamic vinegar ($ 1,675)

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