Everyone treats food as art these days – stop into any hip new restaurant, street-food pop-up or exotically-themed cocktail bar and you’ll see as many people Instagraming their plates as there are eating from them. Home cooks strive to make food that doesn’t just taste great but will look so good on the plate that it gathers hundreds of ‘Likes’. From rainbow bagels to dirty burgers, food and art are moving ever-closer in our culture. One event giving this phenomenon a twist is The Artist Dining Room, a space within the studio of artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.
The Artist Dining Room is a space where guest artists and guest chefs are invited to collaborate on a unique supper club, the brief of each being to explore the work and ideas of a famous artist through food. Hosted on the first week of every month, previous artists being saluted at the table include William Burroughs, Louise Bourgeois, David Lynch, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys (above and below). An evening inspired by Salvador Dalí featured Melting Bread and Scrambled Egg with Sea Urchin and Ants.
The artist chosen for next month is the legendary Sophie Calle, and the inspiration will be her experiment with eating colour-coded food only, documented both in photographs and later in a novel by Paul Auster. You can find out more about this much chewed-over project here. Below is an image of her original menu, so it will be fascinating to see what the collaboration between Nomad Forces and artist Meg Ferguson looks like on the plate. Personally I fancy the purple platter, billed as: Beetroot Cured Salmon, Beetroot Crisps, Black Pudding Mayo & Purple Basil.
To find out more about not only up-coming supper club themes but also to see what has been served up in the name of previous artists visit The Artist Dining Room website, or check out the menus on their Facebook page. However if you’re not one of the lucky few to get a seat, you can also keep up to date with what is coming out of the kitchen on Shonibare’s own Instagram – which, incidentally, also features amazing Insta-art such as this piece.
Sophie Calle Supper Club takes place on 13 October at Guest Projects.