So, you want to do something for your Valentine's Day date besides roses this year? If you're thinking of opting for tulips instead, you're not thinking big enough.
Exhibit A of "big enough": A meat bouquet modeled after those once given to royalty in Victorian times. Inspired by the Victorian chef Alexis Soyer, from Bompas & Parr Studio — an experiential design studio based in London — are not for the vegetarian or bird lover in your life, but they certainly do make a statement.
Each bouquet comes with an outlandish arrangement of real birds, botanicals and an "alcoholic love potion" to be sampled from a carnivorous pitcher plant vessel. (According to Bompas & Parr, this love potion involves an exclusive cured game distilled spirit, a "mysterious aphrodisiac.")
The meat includes a selection of hung pheasant and grouse, situated beside the ingredients and botanicals you might need for a romance-ridden meal.
was famous in Victorian England for his culinary creations, and at Queen Victoria's coronation on June 28, 1838. According to Bompas & Parr, he also invented the Bougeut de Gibier, or 'Sporting Nosegay," which was a 10-foot arrangement of plants and flowers mounted on a cornucopia of game such as wild ducks, grouse, partridge and wild rabbit. The bouquet was presented to the King and Queen of France.
"Soyer was one of the greatest culinary innovators known to mankind and god of the hot stove," says Harry Parr, cofounder of Bompas & Parr. "If a meat bouquet was the weapon of romance from his impressive culinary arsenal, it will certainly be good enough for my wife this year."
(Er, that is, if she likes meat. And, you know, lots of feathers in her bouquet.)
Only five bouquets are available to buy. If you're interested, you'll have to send an email to [email protected] before 6 p.m. February 3, explaining why you deserve to be selected as a buyer of said grand meat bouquet.
If you're chosen, the bouquet will cost £55 (about $69) and will be delivered to an address in Central London — so you may want to consider spending Valentine's Day in the English capital. Ah, the things one must do for beautiful pheasant and grouse — and, well, love.