An occasional series on meals I wish I could travel back in time to enjoy.
...the late 1930s, aboard the New York Central's luxurious 20th Century Limited. Here is a vintage photo of the dining car in all it's art deco glory. I'm guessing the interior color scheme -- including that glorious wall striping -- was Vanderbilt maroon and silver. Starched white tableclothes. Monogrammed ceramic dinnerware. Heavy silver cutlery and table service items.
The train left New York City's Grand Central Terminal for Chicago at 6PM, so I imagine this photo was taken somewhere in upstate New York, say 8PM.
My time-travel dinner might include a Tom Collins to sip while waiting for my food. The first course could be vegetable soup or fruit cocktail, followed by a grilled halibut steak in lemon butter with kernel corn and pimientos alongside Franconia potatoes. All washed down with an American Sauterne and topped off with a butterscotch sundae and Port.
The service would be gracious and efficient, the foods sourced from vendors along the famed Water-Level Route over which the New York Central's trains traveled. The conversations would be lively throughout the room and might include several between titans of business or movie stars.
By the time I pushed back from my table, to head back to 2009, we'd be entering Ohio and, if the night was clear, off the right-hand side of the train the moonlight would silver the waves of Lake Erie.