Virtual Reality Dinner?

Posted October 21, 2019

So this is different. The James Beard Foundation is hosting A Virtual and Augmented Reality Art and Dining Experience in Seven Courses.

Say what?

First a little bit of info on James Beard and the foundation. Beard was an American cook, teacher, cookbook author, and television personality. He was a huge proponent of American cuisine when French fare was considered king and many turned up their noses at the food of the good old U.S.A. Beard spread his gospel to generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts for many years. After his death, Julia Child was one of many folks who helped create the foundation, whose mission is to, "celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone."

Amen to that.

The organizers intend to showcase how food and virtual reality can intersect. Filmmaker Mattis Casalegno has joined Indian chefs Chintan Panda and Roni Mazumdar in creating this dining experience/art installation. Seven courses will be served and diners will don their VR glasses to see Casalegno take each dish and turn it inside out in his interpretation.

The whole experience lasts an hour (we're guessing the courses are really tasting bites) and costs $125 per person. There will be three menu options: standard, vegan, and nut, seed and gluten free. The meals start on November 13th and last through December 29th, but from the looks of it, seats could fill up quickly, so if you're planning to visit, now is the time to reserve.

All in all, it looks like it could be a cool experience! For more info and tickets, head here.

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