Since 11 September, this part-immersive theatre, part exhibition has fittingly run alongside London Fashion Week and has been nothing less than exciting. Taking chocolate on a journey far far away from its humble beginnings on the Theobroma cacao tree, pioneers in food innovation have taken our beloved sweet treat to a whole new level, all under a cloud of mystery and razzmatazz.
There’s a three course meal (£17.50 at lunchtime, £25 in the evening), designed by trusted foodie experts Blanch & Shock is served supperclub style, and laid directly on the table in front of the diner before wrapped up with dessert (which includes a 24 carat gold leaf!) and a chance to try the new Bailey’s Chocolate Luxe liqueur, the reason behind this delightful soiree.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a food party without Bombas and Parr: the renowned jelly sculpturers. They have branched out slightly from their favourite wobbly material and now can be found designing all sorts of food/art installations that test the very boundaries of our foodie understanding. And, they are quite fun too – before dinner, they contribute a chocolate scent and flavour experience for the exhibitio part of Bar Chocolat, which is free to the public. There’s also a video installation from Tabitha Denholm and an edible art installation from Amelia Rope (made of chocolate of course), put together in collaboration with Petra Storrs, a Norwegian set designer who has worked with Lady Gaga and Paloma Faith.
It made our Friday afternoon last week – and although it wraps up today, the first 30 people who head over for the 6:30 or 8:30 servings will get to experience both the exhibition and the supperclub complimentary (!) – so that’s your Monday evening sorted. (Words: Laura Thornley)
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