The World's Most Expensive Christmas Dinner: What Do You Get for $200,000?

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Christmas DinnerIt's not your mother's Christmas dinner. Nor my mother's. Nor mine. Because I don't have $200,000 to shell out for the world's most expensive Christmas dinner for four cooked by British chef Ben Spalding. But looking at the menu makes me wish I'd won that Powerball jackpot a few weeks back, mostly because I think this is the only time I've ever seen anyone offer to make anyone a Wagyu beef heart.

Spalding is cooking one Christmas dinner and selling it through luxury e-commerce site What's on the menu? I haven't even heard of some of these things before, but some of it sounds absolutely delicious. Some of it though, seems pretty weird.

The meal begins with a $3,200 bottle of Diva vodka (diva is right!) and a bottle of Piper Heidsieck 1907 Champagne worth nearly $60,000. Whoa. Each course, of course, is paired with a wine that probably costs more than one of my mortgage payments.

The first one is a bird's nest full of Almas caviar with 150-year-old balsamic vinegar (is that a good thing?) and Pata Negra Iberico jambon (whatever that is). The second is a whole white Alba truffle served with a $4,000 melon from China. I have no idea what could possibly make a melon worth $4,000.

The meal's centerpiece is a rare breed of turkey served with Wagyu beef heart and fillet served with Perigord truffles and $8,000 worth of pistachios. And it's all wrapped in a $9,600 gold leaf. Because all turkey tastes better wrapped in gold. (Also, are those magic pistachios? They have to be magic pistachios to cost that much.)

Dessert, suffice it to say, is served on a "gold Ugandan vanilla plate" and incorporates the beans of coffee berries "excreted by the Asian Palm Civet cat," and Densuke watermelon, "a seedless fruit grown only on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, where up to 10,000 watermelons are produced every year."

It's the kind of extravagance that borders on the bizarre. Who wants to eat beef hearts or pieces of gold? It's like they're making it excessive and fancy just for the sake of being excessive and fancy. For bragging rights. "I had the world's most expensive dinner!" Which just makes it tacky.

I'll stick to my plain-old roasted organic turkey and Brussels sprouts with Parmesan, thanks.

Do you think the $200,000 Christmas dinner sounds like the meal of a lifetime or a waste of money?


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Liz132 Liz132

The meal sounds gross and weird. I much rather have our usual Christmas dinner even if the meal was free. Well actually I would take the fancy meal remove the gold wrappers take them home to sell and leave the nasty beef hearts and fish eggs.  What a waste of money!

Blues... Blueshark77

I'll stick to my regular turkey, mashed potatoes and butter beans! The melon alone costs more than my annual food budget!

mothe... motherof2inFL

honestly, it's a fine line between delicacy and disgusting to me.  i would say this meal falls in the disgusting camp. 

fleur... fleurdelys3110

This stuff doesn't even sound good lol

Vegeta Vegeta

Gross booze, cat poop and gold leaf? Yeah I'll stick to my 2$ Christmas tv dinner.

power... powertothekids

mmm sounds good but two expenisive 

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

I think it's disgusting to spend this kind of money on one meal when that could feed a lot of hungry children.

nonmember avatar renee

the meal sounds so gross. Even if it sounded good i would still say there are much better things i could do w/that much money then eat 1 meal. So yeah a total waste of money.

hanna... hannahsmom238

The  Pata Negra Iberico jambon  is special ham from Spain. The pigs are crossed with with wild pigs and they run around the woods eating acorns. I've had it in Spain before and was unimpressed though it's supposed to be a delicacy.

Jane Welshans Stanze

I think a nice box of Pinot Grigio (Wal-Mart $9.95) might go well with some of this.

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