Posts filed under Royal Wedding

Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics with Fortnum and Mason

All of Great Britain is getting ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. And what a party it is going to be – especially when followed by the London Olympics!

From boat races on the Thames to fireworks over London Bridge, the Queen should be pleased. And why no – she’s is second only to Queen Victoria in the length of her time on the throne.

She has seen England recover from World War II, her former colonies become independent nations and English arts and industry continue to influence the world's culture. Not a bad resume for a monarch!

The citizens of Great Britain will confirm these accomplishments in a seemingly endless stream of street parties, which are a unique English way of celebrating.

The first street gatherings were held in 1919, though they were actually more of a tea than meal, to celebrate the signing of the peace treaty at Versailles, which marked the end of World War I and its terrible trench causalities.

Street parties came into their own as full neighborhood food fests, complete with banners and dancing, as England celebrated the coronation of George VI in 1936, the coronation of the present Queen in 1953 and a host of royal weddings.

But if kitchen fare on paper plates isn’t quite your dish of choice, well, there is, always and forever, Fortnum & Mason’s, English esteem purveyor for over 300 years of all that’s tasty and unique.

Their hampers marked with the famed “F&M” logo have, like the English culture itself, crisscrossed the world, bringing pleasure to anyone lucky enough to receive one. The contents are always outstanding and true culinary treasures.

If you are in London for either the Queen’s Golden Jubilee or the Olympics, go and purchase one. If London isn’t on your itinerary, you can order a basket via the Internet.

Either way, you will never forget the experience. And the basket once it’s empty, can sit proudly on a shelf in your office silently telling all who enter that you shop at simply the best – London’s unforgettable Fortnum & Mason.

 Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2012

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Gladly Welcomes Newlyweds Again for $16.80 Room Rate

Some hotels do it with a style that endures and one such hotel is certainly the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

And nothing demonstrates that elegance better than the fact that Isidore and Joan Schwartz will return to the Hotel to celebrate their wedding reception and overnight honeymoon first held there 60 years ago. In 1952 Harry Truman was the American president and America’s unofficial movie princess Grace Kelly was planning her wedding to Monaco’s Prince Rainier.

Back at the Waldorf the couple’s catered steak wedding dinner was a mere $4.75 per guest. How times have changed. Today's rates start at $319.

But not for the Schwartzs. You see the Waldorf has a little known tradition of welcoming back guests at the original rate charged when they return to re-celebrate major life events first hosted at the Waldorf. What style! (And what positive image branding for a mere $16 plus! Brillant marketing positioning!)

So on their anniversary date Isidore and Joan Schwartz, now 88 and 82 years old, will return to the Waldorf Astoria for the warmest of welcomes as they celebrate 60 years of married life with family and friends.

And the Schwartz’s room charge – same $16.80 originally charged in 1952. This time they might even decide to ask room service for champagne and caviar. Why not – they’ve earned it! Just Look at those happy faces!  

So well done Waldorf! You set the standard, just as this amazing couple has done!


Now  (2012) 

Then (1952) 


Congratulations and Best Wishes Always!

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2012