Defying Limits: The Top 10 Record-Breaking Feasts in Human History
Top 10 Record-Breaking Feasts
From the pages of most human history, food was the ultimate necessity and central hunt for human life. The struggle to eat and live for eating is still prevalent in every society. Most people work and live to eat. Some people in wealthy societies are chronically overfed one of the best ways for them to showcase their feeding extravagance is through hosting extravagant feasts with food in such abundance that even reading about them is enough to satisfy your hunger. Here is a list of the top 10 record-breaking feasts in human history:
Feast of the Pheasant
To encourage people to go to war, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, hosted a grand feast in 1452. This lavish banquet was held to drum up support for a crusade against the Turks. It was called the Feast of the Pheasant and is one of the most lavish banquets in the world.
King George IV was always fond of luxury in his life. Being the Prince of Whales, he managed to secure 630,000 euro of debt and while his father King George III became unstable, it allowed him to spend more of the treasury. In 1817, he spent large bucks by hosting a feast for Grand Duke Nicolas of Russia. It was prepared by the first superstar chef of Europe- Marie-Antoine Careme.
The Acclimatization Society of Great Britain
The Acclimatization Society of Great Britain in the 19th century decided to kick off their campaign on agriculture and its usefulness in society in general, with a feast. The meals introduced at the dining table showed what new species can do for the tables of the nation. Today, some of them had made their way into the everyday English diet, however.
The height and exquisite nature of Roman food shave always dominated the pages of feats in history. They were bough to the wealthy tables with rare vintages of wine. One such emperor of Rome-Vitellius used his position to rise feasting to new levels of decadence. His dish named ‘Shield of Minerva’ was a vast dish composed of livers of char fish, brains of pheasants and peacocks, with tongues of flamingoes and entrails of lampreys.
Under the tenure of Emperor Kangxi, the Manchu-Han Feast was so lavish that it took three days to serve all the food. This feast became a representation of Chinese unification. The feast was held to curb the ongoing tension between the Manchu and Han factions in the nation. Over 300 dishes were presented at six dinners spread over three days.
Banquet of Chestnuts
The Banquet of Chestnuts was one such event where the entertainment presented at a feast overshadowed the dishes on the table. The under-table events caught people’s attention. Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigo Borgia was the host of this banquet. It was arranged by Cesare on the 31st of October night in 1501 in the Papal Palace.
The Fete at Vaux
The feast at Fouquet’s opulent mansion in Vaux-le-Vicomte was so spectacular that the king of France concluded that Fouquet must have stolen from the royal treasury to pay for it. Along with Louis, 6000 other guests were invited they had been jammed for miles. The dinner was served in solid silver dishes from the royal family.
The Epicurean Masters of the World
Epicurus always believed that a good treat was a simple pot of cheese. The word Epicurean has come to suggest gluttons chasing rare dainties. For 1 million Baht, around 15,000 euro per head the guests were able to enjoy food produced by six chefs who each had 3 Michelin stars to their name. Signature dishes were made using the finest ingredients and the top dishes were Tonga beans followed by tartar of Kobe beef.
Raiding a zoo
Due to the siege on the city of Paris by Prussian forces, people who were starving for a long time, now the Parisians started to eat thousands of horses, their dogs and cats, and even rats. One restaurant whose chef was Alexandre Etienne Choron, known for his brilliance in food choice, however, served a more exotic menu. He ordered the zoo animals to be brought as meals for Christmas as the animals were not being able to be fed by the scarcity.
The exotic cuisines of Cleopatra VII of Egypt, one of the most alluring women of her age, had once bought all the Roman boys to her palace. For only 12 people, she used to prepare 8 whole boar roasts and cooked in different styles to make it perfectly ready for the guests at dinner. At one feast, she spends over 10,000,000 sesterces to challenge Antony of her culinary instincts.
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