The festivities were designed by the Florentine sculptor and architect Bernardo Buontalenti, who, it seems, had a limitless budget.Historical reports say there were more than 50 courses at the banquet.
It was, you might have thought, an odd time to throw a celebratory dinner - Paris had been under siege from the Germans for months and food was scarce in the capital.
Nevertheless, Bonvalet, using his connections at the local zoo, designed an innovative menu.
No doubt he had a special place in his cholesterol-saturated heart for the greatest knees-up of his Regency: the "Regent's Banquet" at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
On 18 January 1817, George invited the greatest (and most expensive) chef in the world, Marie-Antoine Carême, to prepare a unique and extravagant dinner in honour of the visiting Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia.
All this for holding the greatest shindig of the 17th century.
THE REGENT'S BANQUET Brighton, 18 January 1817 The Prince Regent - later George IV of England - was such a glutton that it was said his uncorseted belly hung between his knees.
NICOLAS FOUQUET'S FÊTE WORSE THAN DEATH Vaux-le-Vicomte, 17 August 1661 Nicolas Fouquet, finance minister to Louis XIV, had not only enjoyed a stellar career at the court of the capricious French king, but also bought himself a glorious estate at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
There, he developed the greatest chateau in France.
THE MEDICI WEDDING Florence, 1600 In 1600, a great dynastic wedding took place in Florence when Marie de Medici married Henry IV, the King of France.