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March 20, 2007 at 1:57 PM

A billionaire dabbawala: Charles taking Martha meal to space

Confirming one of my big scoops last year, Space Adventures today said Martha Stewart will be involved in the creation of a special meal that Charles Simonyi will personally deliver to the International Space Station on April 7.

From the space tourism company’s press release today:

As a personal gesture to his fellow crew members, and the astronauts and cosmonauts already aboard the ISS, Dr. Simonyi has chosen a special gourmet meal to be shared by the group during his mission. The menu for the meal, which was prepared by Alain Ducasse’s consulting and training center, ADF, was selected by Dr. Simonyi’s friend Martha Stewart.

It won’t be the first time fancy French food has been served at the station. The country’s space agency has used ADF to provide “special event meals” in the past for “exceptional assignments such as crew relief missions or extra-vehicular activity.” Talk about plein air dining.

So what’s the billionaire dabbawala serving?

Six courses, including quail roasted in Madrian wine, duck breast “confit” with capers, shredded chicken parmentier, apple fondant pieces, rice pudding with candied fruit, and semolina cake with dried apricots.

Simonyi — whose blog said he’s doing a “full-up simulation of launch, rendezvous, and return” today — had a quote in the release:

“I am really looking forward to sharing this dinner with my crewmates on the station. Although the food is very good there, it is somewhat basic, and after a couple of weeks, everything starts tasting the same. I am certain a little variation will be surely welcome.”

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