Been a fan since I was introduced to the seemingly obscure but brilliant 1932 The Futurist Cookbook by Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. With dishes like a peeled hardboiled egg floating in bowl of milk by an open window, it inspired a few terrific artist dinner parties in my time with mixed results. The story of the cookbook and the famous artists and writers who contributed to it is really fascinating, btw, so check it out if you can get a copy.
So – some art openings really do offer some bizarre concoctions, and the food served can be a direct reflection of the art exhibit, or part of it or a performance unto itself. Often it is a tray of stuff from the grocery store which can be appropriate or jarring. I would love to hear from some of my blog readers their stories of some crazy foodstuffs from openings and events.
To get the ball rolling, I present to you a list of the top ten weirdest food served at art openings … well, some of them are true and some of them are jokes. Please add some in the comments and I’ll try to guess. Maybe some food combination of horror and delight will arise from this.
- little pieces of cooked steak frozen in ice cubes with toothpicks.
- vegetables cut into uniform rectangles to make your nation’s flag.
- vegetarian food made to look like puppies.
- untoasted chunks of bagels with frozen cream cheese.
- rutabagas still raw and waxy with a hatchet.
- Artist bites head off of chicken in front of his paintings.
- Food was not allowed until everyone watched the entire film.
- it was not actually fruit – it was a super-awesome still life painting!