I can’t count the number of times I watched Charlie And The Chocolate Factory as a kid and wished that I could go to a place where everything was made of candy with a waterfall of chocolate. As I’ve got older my tastes have matured. Oh I still want that place where I can eat everything but now I want it to be filled with art, architecture and design and tickle my taste buds with sophisticated flavours both sweet and savoury.
With the explosion of molecular dining and experimental food there has been a real interest in seeing just how far food can be taken in its visual form while still making it appetizing to look at and taste. Luckily this is where the Experimental Food Society comes in. They are having a food spectacular that will see an awe-inspiring assemblage of jellymongers, bread artists, one-of-a-kind dining conceptualists, cake artists, butter sculptors, food landscapers, food performers and chocolate sculptors for an extravagant display of Britain’s most talented culinary artists.
The scenic explosion starts with the daytime exhibition where you can take part in one of the interactive exhibits, marvel at the creations, sample the edible art, watch some of the artists as they create their works on site and pick up recipes and tips on how to get experimental in the kitchen. Consultants to Michelin starred chefs and exhibitors at art houses such as the V&A and Tate Modern, the Experimental Food Society Spectacular offers the chance to meet the movers and shakers of the food arts industry and view their exceptional works. Suitable for all ages, the exhibition includes an installation designed specifically for children.
And it culminates in an extraordinary banquet finale where 100 diners will partake in a unique and surreal multi-sensory dining experience in which they feast on the artworks in a five-course menu designed by Matthew Reuter (Head Chef, The Brickhouse) and Experimental Food Society members. Accompanied by a series of food related performances, the interactive evening will end with food themed DJ sets by the Broken Hearts.
“The pleasure of food, both emotional and psychological, has been utilized to great effect in the past, delighting, surprising and inspiring its recipients,” says founder of The Experimental Food Society, Alexa Perrin. “The Experimental Food Society is borne out of a desire to revive food as an art form and change the landscape of food events forever. It is not just what you eat but how you eat it.”
The Experimental Food Society Spectacular will be held this Saturday, the 25th September 2010 at The Brickhouse, 152C Brickhouse, London E1 6RU. Tickets are £5 for the daytime exhibition and £75 for the Evening Banquet. For tickets visit The Experimental Food Society.
[Picture credits: Jellymongers by Bompas & Parr; Prudence Emma Staite]