Mid-Day Musings – The Most Expensive Thanksgiving Dinner Ever and Holiday Movie Fun Facts!

Mid-Day Musings – The Most Expensive Thanksgiving Dinner Ever and Holiday Movie Fun Facts!

The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City is serving the world’s most expensive Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night . . . for $181,000.

So what do you get for that price?

1.  Two gold-painted, gold-dusted, and gold-flaked free range turkeys.

2.  $1,200-a-pound Spanish bacon on top of candied sweet potatoes.

3.  $300-a-pound white cheddar cheese from the U.K.

4.  Gravy infused with a $3,650 bottle of Louis the Thirteenth cognac.

5.  Cranberry sauce featuring $250-per-dozen Japanese strawberries.

6.  A seafood stuffing made with lobster and $1,600-per-ounce caviar.

7.  Asparagus seasoned with $91-per-ounce Korean salt.

8.  Potatoes made with $850-a-pound European cheese, $150-an-ounce French butter, and $1,000-per-ounce truffles.

9.  Lots of expensive wines and champagnes.

10.  And a $50,000 seven-day yacht cruise afterwards, plus a $20,000 Black Friday shopping spree and four tickets to the Super Bowl.

The dinner serves up to 12 people . . . and the restaurant confirmed someone HAS bought the package.


Buzzfeed put together a list of 29 supposedly “shocking” behind-the-scenes facts from Christmas movies. They’re not necessarily all that shocking, but several of them are pretty interesting.

Here are some of the highlights . . .

  • The shower scene in “Elf” wasn’t in the original script.  It was added after director Jon Favreau learned that ZOOEY DESCHANEL was a good singer.
  • Also, the fight between WILL FERRELL and the fake Santa (played by Artie Lange!) could only be done once, because the department store Christmas decorations took WEEKS to make.
  • Because BRUCE WILLIS had to do a lot of things barefoot in “Die Hard”, including walking on broken glass, he actually wore fake rubber feet, which you can actually SEE if you look hard enough.  (Skip to 2:15 in this video.)
  • In “A Christmas Story”, Flick’s tongue was suctioned by a hidden vacuum to make it look like it was stuck to the pole.
  • Before JIM CARREY got the lead in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”EDDIE MURPHY and JACK NICHOLSON were considered for the part.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” was shot in the SUMMER of 1946, and sometimes they had to shut down production because of the heat.
  • In “Home Alone”, the photo of Buzz’s “girlfriend” is actually a picture of a BOY in a wig.
  • Disney had a strict policy against hiring ex-cons, but they made an exception so that TIM ALLEN could star in “The Santa Clause” in 1994.  (And “Toy Story” the following year.)
  • And on “The Santa Clause 2”, Tim stayed in character around the child actors, because some of them believed he really WAS Santa.

(See the rest of the list here.)