Where We Were: Homicide by Diamonds, Herbs & Wine

A discreet group of diners gathered at Hotel St. Germain to enjoy the first part of a three part historical poison dining series. Proprietor Claire Heymann welcomed guests with a detailed description of what to expect. They enjoyed an exquisite meal paired perfectly with various wines. It was a tongue-in-cheek look at the use of food and drink used to cloak the delivery of deadly doses of poison through out history.

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"Homicide by Diamonds" was the first of a three part historical dining series at Hotel St. Germain.
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Amuse bouche: deviled quail egg paired with Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling
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The symptoms of Napolean Bonaparte's final illness were consistent with arsenic poisoning. Armchair analysis theorize that he was done in by the arsenic in his imperial green wallpaper. 1821
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Soup: Crawfish bisque paired with Coudoulet de Beaucastle Blanc 2008 Côtes du Rhône
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The famous "madness" of King George III in England reads like a textbook case of acute lead poisoning, which caused delirium and coma. 1788
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Appetizer: Quail stuffed with foie gras and truffles, garnished with fresh peas, sauce Robert paired with Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2008
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Mrs. Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, died from strychnine poisoning. Her case was never solved. 1905
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Entrée: Filets de sole Anglaise, bechamel pommes de terre fondantes with duxelle de champignons au gratin paired with Mio Amarone 2004 or Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé 2006
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Texas businessman William Rice died as a result of a mysterious chloroform poisoning. 1900
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Dessert: Mille-feuilles, lemon custard and rasberry preserves paired with King Estate Vin Glacé 2007
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