A $25,000-Per-Person Dinner That’s Hard to Swallow

I don’t consider myself a complete stranger to high-priced gourmet fare. After all, I did enjoy a lovely $100-per-person meal once.

But even that experience in my semi-impressive culinary repertoire did not prepare me to handle gracefully the idea of a 10-course dinner with a price tag of $25,000 per person. And it wasn’t a political fundraiser. Just a fancy meal in an exotic location—Bangkok, Thailand.

Sure, this gastronomic extravaganza included the very best in Cristal champagne, foie gras, truffles, Kobe beef, Beluga caviar and Belon oysters, but come on! Twenty-five grand per person—a price that does not include tax or gratuity or airfare?

I don’t think I could do that even if I were so rich $25,000 would be mere pennies when compared to my vast net worth. There are some things I simply would not be able to get out of my mind like …

I could keep going with this, pointing out that $25,000 would cover the full cost to finish the basement at our house. Or paint the entire interior at least five times, but I’ll refrain.

And I’ll try not to get all worked up that the tax and tip alone for a party of two at the extravagant event in Bangkok would boost the tab by at least another $15,000.

Instead, I’m going to be grateful that I live in a country where we are free to do with our money as we please even if that means dropping a load on something as fleeting as a 10-course meal.

If you had $25,000 spare what would you do with it?

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27 replies
  1. Birgit Nicolaisen
    Birgit Nicolaisen says:

    Donate, pay off our car and go see my mum who lives 3000 miles away in Scotland any left over would be put into our “repair the driveway” fund.

  2. Ernestine Summer Bonicelli
    Ernestine Summer Bonicelli says:

    I sure wouldn’t spend it on one meal! Tithe first (after Uncle Sam gets his which I would never see), then another 10% for my church building debt. The rest would go into something that would earn me some interest.

  3. Terrie Lewis
    Terrie Lewis says:

    I married in 1978. Our first house together cost $27,900. It is hard for me to “digest” paying $25,000 for one meal.

    • kddomingue
      kddomingue says:

      We married in 1979. Our first home was a 14 X 70 mobile home. Our 2nd home was a double wide mobile home….we could have paid cash for it with the price of that meal for two of us. And the tax and tip? That would have paid for the garage and driveway. Yeah, that amount of money spent on one meal is hard for me to digest as well.

  4. Barbara Ann
    Barbara Ann says:

    Tithe first to my church then my stock account. Like so many others, fix up a few things on the house and replace the deck. The balance would be divided between myself and my two kids for something fun.

  5. Kim
    Kim says:

    I would take care of finishing the details of my new house (why-oh why-did the previous owners take the doors off the closets?!) I think I’d improve the insulation and replace a couple windows. Maybe I’d have a screen room built off my living room or replace the HVAC. I think the house would get it all!

  6. bigmama-chicago
    bigmama-chicago says:

    I’d pay off my bills……………it’s just like fancy weddings (that last 5 years, tops). You could furnish a whole house and have a great intimate party. Besides,
    I’m allegic to seafood, and beef is beef, need I say more!!

  7. UncommonSensesc
    UncommonSensesc says:

    I would pay off the house ($2000), pay off our truck ($5000), pay off a hospital bill ($1000), finish the basics in our house (wiring, insulation – $2000) and I’d buy an insulated shed for our rescue kitties complete with window ledges and a small heater/ac unit ($2500). I would spend $500 to go visit my dad for a couple of weeks. I’d fix the floor in the kitchen ($500), finish the drywall in 3 rooms ($900) and the rest would go into savings so I could sleep at night.

  8. Katboz
    Katboz says:

    I would give 10%, give 10% towards my daughter’s emergency fund, give $10,000 to a friend who has a very costly illness and put the other $10,000 towards my daughter’s costly internship.

  9. Kayak Jack
    Kayak Jack says:

    Investments, now that the stock market has awakened from its slumber. There is nothing more that I need, and not a lot more that I want, so I wold lay the money by for rainy days.

  10. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I would definitely save some and invest most in the stock market. I have made almost 40% in the market this year. I also teach this to my high school students in a low income area. 🙂 I’m proud to say that so far in 3 weeks of trading in the Stock Market Game, my students have 6 of the top 10 slots among over 1100 teams in the LA area…. and I have 22 of those teams. 🙂
    **I would also help any family members who needed it. This question was posed as “extra money”, not new money, so it would have been from income previously tithed on. : )

      • Kathy
        Kathy says:

        I’d be glad to if you are willing to learn, read and apply principles to find good stocks. I do NOT tell anyone what stocks to pick, this way they can’t blame me if they go south. (which happens to ALL stocks at some point or another) I would first recommend the book Rule #1 by Phil Town. You also have to have the “stomach” to weather bad times. They WILL come. But smart investing will teach you if/when to sell, NOT on one good/bad article or recommendation.

  11. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    Give 10% of it to an honest charity. I would probably designate the rest for putting on a new hurricane proof roof on our 19 year old home in Tampa Bay – roof might be due soon – and designate the rest for hurricane windows. If our roof remains okay and hurricanes stay away, I would probably try to put it back as savings for retirement.

  12. Jazzlover
    Jazzlover says:

    I would tithe 10% to my church & Lutheran school, and divide the rest between our Roth IRAs, saving for our high schooler to attend some type of undergrad schooling, help our older children with paying off some of their educational loans, and replacing my husband’s 2006 car with something more reliable!

  13. Judy Kalley
    Judy Kalley says:

    My son is a Missionary and for the trips he was invited on next year so far – Puerto Rico, Israel, India, Canada,and Uganda — he will need to raise $10.000 or so. That is where my ‘extra’ $25,000 would go. If I had money left over I would pay down my house. I only owe $119,000 left but the mortgage is still 29 more years as we just bought it. I do not want a mortgage payment after retirement!

  14. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    What would I spend $25,000 on if I had it. I would replace the 37 year old prefab house I have that should have never been approved by the inspector when we bought the house. Or I think I would send my husbands aunt who has stage 4 lung cancer to Isrial for treatment and if I had enough I would send his sister in law who also has cancer to Israel for treatment. If I did not need the money for those 3 (and I think my husbands aunt and sister in law would come first) I would donate the money to Christian Groups we like and support as we can.


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