BERLIN - MARCH 16: A visitor looks at 17th century Mughal dragon goblets with jewelled cups at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin exhibition from the collection of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture shows some of the most important works of art from traditionally Islamic countries. The approximately 200 objects document more than one thousand years of cultural history. Karim Aga Khan IV, owner of the collection, is the spiritual head of the Ismaili Muslims, and is also regarded as a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed. His collection is considered to be one of the world?s largest and most valuable collections of Islamic art and will be housed from 2013 onwards in the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
In the spirit of what we’re calling ‘macabre gastronomy,’ Hotel St Germain is hosting a historical dining series about the centuries old ritual of poisoning.
During the European Renaissance of the 14th-16th centuries, poison was the preferred method of 'getting rid of the competition' in society. That meant invitations to swanky dinner parties were often accepted with trepidation and fear.
Delicious food and drink was the perfect way to deliver a deleterious dose of poison to an unsuspecting victim. One killer dose, concealed by the worn leather aromatic coming off a glass of pinot noir, would do the trick.
Often times victims’ symptoms resembled those of common diseases and their deaths were later attributed to natural causes. Thus, making it easy to “get away with murder.”
Hotel St Germain has put plenty of thought into how they want guests to pick their poison. The three dinners will feature historical menus paired with wine and spirits reflecting the changing tastes of palates spanning several eras. Guests can peruse illustrated programs, read amusing anecdotes, archival documents and court reports of famous documented poisonings as they sip wine and nosh on venomous (wink, wink) bites.
The seated dinners will each consist of five courses paired with wine and spirits. The cost is $95 per person.
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For reservations or more information, please call the Hotel St Germain concierge at 214-871-2516.