Dinner in the Sky, a concept born in Belgium but that has since then traveled around the globe, was in Montreal for the second time this year, from August 31 to September 4.
The idea arrived in Canada three years ago, two years after its birth. What kind of crazy person thought of the concept? Actually, Pellegrino Waters were trying to find a way to impress the world’s 20 best chefs with “a meal they would never forget.” They came to the conclusion that they only way to impress people that have seen everything was to eat in the sky. And the adventure started…
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
How is a location chosen? Many factors are taken into consideration (enough room, licenses, food, ect.) In Montreal, the event took place in a parking lot in front of Le Local, the restaurant taking care of the food. In Quebec City, guests ate over Montmorency Falls. In Brussels, in the middle of the city. In Paris, just besides the Eiffel tower... And that's just a fraction of the events. Travelling differently, to say the least!
The experience is threefold: beforehand, on the ground, guests are served cocktails and snacks while being officially welcomed. Then, time to rise smoothly (a breeze even for me, who hates plane take-offs) to have the appetizer, entrée and cheese. Then, back on the ground to drink a digestive and enjoy some sweets.
Of course, the most impressive part is the one in the air. It’s possible to chat with the chef, who is right in front of you. In our case, we found out that he’s a traveller who has been around the Ecuador!
And what do we eat? An absolutely delicious gourmet meal with an even more impressive ice water! This water, from icebergs formed in the Arctic along the Greenland coast, is reminiscent of the snow we used to eat as kids! When they melt, these icebergs produce an intact water dating back 10,000 years. It is quite rare that the water bottle will be among the best discoveries of a meal…
In 2012, Jean-François Grenier, who exploits the Dinner in the Sky events in North America, is planning a Canada-wide tour. The platform will be back in Montreal from June 1 through the 10th, just in the time for the F1 Canada Grand Prix.
Dinner in the Sky, a concept born in Belgium but that has since then traveled around the globe, was in Montreal for the second time this year, from August 31 to September 4...