Imagine going to a theatre where you are invited to be part of the play by dining on stage while you interact with the actors and immerse yourself in the scenography. This is what we want to achieve: an edible play, a culinary interactive play that envelops the diner to experience all senses through food installations and immersive interiors. Immersive dining.
the reason we are so passionate about this idea and we want to see it happening is because we believe that a powerful synergy is emanated when people dine around a table where art is merged with food. And managing to present food with a theme that reflects in the interaction of art, food and performance, is key to ensure the success of that powerful idea. We want to introduce this concept to unique venues like museums and theatres so as to make them alive by presenting collection or play inspired dinners. Imagine museum rooms and unique venues with actors taking you back in time to savour the dishes of that period, inviting you to enter into another dimension, a gastronomic experience of past times translated into the future of food design.
by involving actors, performers and artists, and food stylists we are aiming to build long lasting relationships with professionals who are passionate about this venture and create new opportunities for them. the huge response following the advertising of a post to assist with our events , and the passion that gave away through the application really inspired us to make this project real: "...I then went onto your website to look at your past work and think its absolutely brilliant. I am in third year and have been having real trouble deciding what to do when I graduate, but looking at Barrel and Forks has made me so excited to see the possibility of combining two real passions of mine"
An enthusiastic group of professionals is the first thing we need to realise this project. We will need the skills, passion and engagement of each individual in the team to perform Barrel & Forks concept.
By backing our project through the purchase of tickets to our future pop up dinners, you will be actively supporting us through venue hire, setting up a laboratory to create and build installations, artists and actors remuneration, kitchen equipment, buying materials to create decorations and table setting and props. Depending on the value of your contribution, as a bonus you will be treated to private chef and cooking classes experiences in the comfort of your home.
We’ve already invested a lot of time and money into this project and we’re commited to making it a success. We are also confident that this project would be a success in that we had a great response to these dinners in other occasions. We started off with the Unconventional Dinner in October 2015, a theatrical dinner that challenged social conventions through its actors, the way food was served, and the setting of the room. Diners were welcomed in a room where starters strewn in baubles from the ceiling, creating a walk through food installation; the second, pork fillet en croute with glazed carrots, came in a drawer. Risotto served from a wheelbarrow and red wine from a weed killer pump. People absolutely loved it, we were sold out on all the evenings and we got incredible feedback from the diners and some great reviews.
Our latest project, the Gladiator's Dinner, was set in the beautiful crypt of St. Pancras Church, this being the first time a dinner was taking place in the Crypt.