A Salvador Dalí-Inspired Dinner Party Comes to Chicago

One night only. See you there.

By The Editors
November 29, 2016 9:00 am

Boring dinners — we’ve all been there, right?

Reassurances first: this will not be one of those.

Because this is a five-course feast inspired by Les Diners de Gala, the lavishly eccentric 1973 cookbook from Surrealist madcap Salvador Dalí that was recently reissued by Taschen for the first time in 40 years.

In other words: Expect one of the most bizarre dinners you’ll attend this year — or ever.

It’s inspired by the legendary dinner parties hosted by Dalí and his wife, Gala. Said dinner parties became the pretext to Dali’s cookbook — first released in 1973 — which features 136 recipes of fanciful, erotic vagary alongside original visuals from the surrealist master himself.   

Photo: Dalí Les Diners de Gala

And seeing this ain’t your average cookbook, expect a not-so-average dinner.

The venue: Ruxbin. Your host: Chef Ed Kim.

Kim’s surrealist cuisine will be a faithful interpretation of some of Dalí’s most cerebral works of art. Think imaginative. Experimental. Weird. Just like Dalí.

Photo: Victoria Kent

A beet rose in black sesame dirt. A pain perdu of brioche smothered in mushroom duxelle. A pan-seared snapper wrapped around butter-poached frog leg. A deconstructed egg course, natch. All inspired by different Dalí paintings.

The dinner goes down this Thursday, December 1st, with tickets going for $125. We also suggest grabbing yourself a copy of the book.

Then host your own surrealist dinner party.

One thing’s for sure: it won’t be boring.

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