19th Century Literature Comes To Life On A Plate

The Count of Monte Cristo Dinner

This month’s One-of-a-Kind-Dinner was themed “The Count of Monte Cristo”, which brings to mind one thing for me: swashbuckling pirates. But this isn’t “Pirates of the Caribbean” the movie, this is a 19th century adventure novel by Alexander Dumas, and it is Chef Clint Rampold’s favourite book, he says.

We were not without swashbuckling pirates, of course.

The Count of Monte Cristo Dinner

From Wikipedia:

The story takes place in FranceItaly, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

Creating a multi-course dinner around the storyline of “The Count of Monte Cristo” is a rather tall culinary order, but Clint rose to the challenge. Here’s the menu:

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And, the plates in all their glory. (I will add the course descriptions once I get the list.)

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Amuse-Bouche: Haydee, a Turkish Rose

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Soup: Isle of Monte Cristo

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Appetizer: Napoleon’s Letter

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Main: Betrayal in Marseilles

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Imprisoned In The Chateau D’If

The One-of-a-Kind-Dinners are known for more than originality, they are a celebration of the arts, including dance, theatre, and music.

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Maria Z

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Maria Z

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Sasha Z

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Equus Q

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Andrew Lopatin

This is by no means all the pictures of the evening — check out the photo album as a full-screen slideshow or click through to view the smaller slideshow autoplay below:

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