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Old May 9th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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A new dining concept that I discovered on the Liberty is the Chef's Table. For $75 @ you receive the best prepared meal that you have ever had (it was for my DW and I). The executive chef for the Liberty, Andrew and chef Mathew (not sure of his official title ) along with several sous chef's and servers presented dinner to 10 lucky fellow cruisers. There was as many staff as there were dinners. The meal started in the galley where we toured and drank champagne. We were then presented several Hors d'oeuvers that were definitely not on the MDR menu. Then we walked to our private dinning area where we were served unlimited wine and the best dinner ever. The Chef's explained what we were eating and how it was prepared. They answered any and all questions. I can't imagine what a private dinner with all the staff, the food and the wine would have cost in the non-cruise world. We felt that we had received a value greater than what we paid for. Good job Carnival!
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Old May 9th, 2010, 02:49 PM
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It really sounds great. I wish more people took advantage of and reported back to us on the specialty dining experiences onboard - I am really glad you took the time tell us - thank you.
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Old May 9th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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We had the food & wine pairing dinner on Connie in Ocean Liners, as I recall it was quite reasonable,still the finest dinner we have ever had. On Eclipse recently we were tempted by a similar choice in Murano, trouble was it was $89 each, bearing in mind we had already paid I think $30 each just to sit down it was a bit too much.
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Of course, with so many people willing to pay extra for their meals, it's only a matter of time before the traditional dining disappear.

There is more to cruising than food.

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We hope to experience this sometime soon as well.

John Heald has been talking about this new option for awhile. Below is a bit from Thursdays blog as well as the link to a sample menu...

http://johnheald.files.wordpress.com...hefs-table.pdf

"Recently, a friend of mine cruised on his Carnival Dream and at my suggestion he tried the Chef’s Table. I thought you should read what he had to say……………here is his review.

The process starts in the piano bar being served champagne and a chef’s variety of appetizers. Each sample was an amazing delicacy experiencing new tastes. Then the chef . . . ours was Executive Chef Roshan . . . joins us to explain a bit of what we are about to experience, as well as how his journey brought him to Carnival. After stories, questions and laughter, we are led to the kitchen. Through the orchestrated hustle and bustle of the servers, chefs and assistants . . . to our table in the center of the action . . . separated by the velvet ropes.

Earlier, Chef Roshan had asked if any of us had allergies….And that was all he needed to know. The rest would be at his whim.

The service was fantastic from the first glass of wine to the (who knows how many) last glass. The visual effect was as perfect as the food itself. Every one of our plates was identical to the next, as if each course was run through a copy machine. The 12 of us had been served . . . each of the 8 courses . . . at the exact same time . . . with each delicacy placed in front of us in the same direction.

Mentioning the food by name would be pointless. As I would not get the spelling correct . . . but all was fantastic.

Every dish included a story from Chef Roshan as to how the item was created. As well as how seemingly unlikely tastes . . . somehow find themselves pleasurably together. After the 4th course . . . Mediterranean Salad . . . . We were given a personalized tour of kitchen operations in full action. As it was now late seating, this was amazing to witness firsthand.
Back to our table . . . some more wine . . . and the main course. Sorry, I am wrong . . . 2 main courses. The first of which was a Filet of Chilean Sea Bass. I have had this many times before, but never at this level of preparation which made it incomparable and beyond explanation. Then . . . . To satisfy all the taste buds of all guests . . . . A second main course of a perfectly prepared Filet Mignon with a three pepper mustard . . . which Linda will be preparing soon. Followed by more of Chef Roshan’s surprises and surpassing the best meal ever had. And I include places like Tavern on the Green which would cost triple and offer far less.

If anyone is looking for a meal of this caliber, reserve it now before the word gets out. You will not regret your decision.
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And in the next two weeks you will find it on the Carnival Pride and the Carnival Fascination.
It is truly a gastronomic treat which I hope many of you get to enjoy."

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Don't think there is much chance of the MDR's running out of customers there are plenty of people whose ambition is to spend as little as possible on board.
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We would (and will) do that in a heartbeat.

Mouth watering as we speak .......

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Chef's Table Dinner May 6, 2010 Carnival Liberty

Norwegian Salmon Tartar

Fire Roasted Tomato and Poblano Chili Bisque

Rock Shrimps and Apple Beignet's

Chopped Mediterranean Salad

Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass

Aged Filet Mignon

Several Desserts including the warm melting cake which we watched Chef Andrew make in the galley and a birthday cake made for one of the dinners
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A quote by someone once...." the trouble is some people don't know the difference between having dinner & getting something to eat"
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Some people eat to live...

Some people live to eat...
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I think it's a wonderful idea, and the menu looked great..Having many dining options is a plus for any line, and a cruiser can easily not repeat a venue or menu on a weeks cruise..

There are cruisers who will not pay extra for any dining experience,and that's ok too....a good cruise is filled with choices...
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Our last longer cruise we had really nice table companions, but even so a change of venue was good.
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This is enough to make me want to take a cruise on Carnival. Haven't done so in a few years, but was always happy with the dining room selections. Thought the menus were quite delicious.
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We did all the Eclipse special restaurants on our 4 day cruise, on reflection a bit too much rich /exotic food in a short time!
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I can't wait to try the Chefs table!
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Is this available on all Carnival cruises??
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