As any foodie knows, we taste first with our eyes, so it follows that colour and food are inextricably linked. Whether you are passionate about what is on your plate – or more passionate about what colour is on your walls – we’ve rounded up three must-see examples of events and locations where food meets colour with incredible results. Each fuses the edible with the chromatically exciting in a different way, making these must-sees on the menu of any colour-loving foodies out there.
Dine inside a mansion made of cake
Stateside food and art lovers should make haste to the Think Tank gallery in LA, where Break Bread LA are cooking up something extraordinary during March. A six-room installation of cake sculptures, covering 7,000 square feet for floor space, has been created by artist Scott Hove. Hove works regularly in cake, with a ongoing project called Cakeland using icing as an architectural material, designed to explore “notions of comfort, pleasure, celebration and their dark counterparts in the form of carefully crafted artificial cakes,” he explains. The cake installation in LA is free to look around during the day (but no nibbling!) while in the evening you can book to attend pop-up super-clubs, poetry and other performance art inside.
Throw shapes – and paint – at House of Holi
Do something subversively colourful within the normally straight-laced grey skyscrapers of The City of London at Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi pop-up. Holi is a traditional festival in the Hindu calendar, celebrating the end of winter and the arrival of spring with the chance t3 to see… for colour-loving foodieso gather in the streets and shower everyone around you with colourful powdered paint. It’s become hugely popular with people of all religions and none in recent years, and this year contemporary Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen is hosting its own version. They’ve created a purpose-built party pod which can be booked in 30 minute slots between 4 and 12 March. Each entrant will be given a protective overall, and you can group-book the pod for large groups of friends. You can also get Holi-inspired cocktails and enjoy a special Holi menu until 31 March.
The Holi pod is open 4 to 12 March 2016. For more details, prices and booking see Cinnamon Kitchen’s website.
Join in the rainbow bagels craze
After the That Dress Twitter storm last year our appetite for online colour sensations has grown and grown. One of the latest edible crazes doing the rounds on the internet is also extremely colourful. Rainbow bagels have become an Instagram staple, and although the snack made of marbled neon dough was created in Brooklyn’s Bagel Store by baker Scot Rossillo some twenty years ago, it’s only just landed in London. You can now get rainbow bagels at Brick Lane’s famous Beigel Shop. However there is one important distinction between the bagels sold on either side of the pond. The NY rainbow bagel typically has a sweet filing, while on Brick Lane it is traditional salt beef, meaning the savoury flavour combined with the super-sweet colour is enough to short circuit even the most seasoned of taste-buds. The Beigel Shop is open 24 hours, every day, but if you’re an aspiring bagel baker, or are working on something to wow the Bake Off judges, then check out this fascinating film by Insider on exactly how these little rainbow rings are actually made.
The Beigel Shop is at 155 Brick Lane, London E1.