Can you eat with your hands in front of others? I wanted to find out how people would eat if I could erase as much expectations as I could from conventional dining. And to record this behavior, I made the tabletop of clay so that I could get the diner's physical impressions across the length of the meal. I set it up for 12 people and co-created the 4 course menu with Chef Pierre St. Germaine at Rhode Island School of Design. It is part one: The Analog Dinner, in a series of meals I'm throwing for my thesis. Why not?
Carla Noguera helped capture the event. We set up a go-pro to get a wide angle of the room, and time lapsed a photo every 5 seconds. She also took some long-exposures so I could track the movements of the diner's hands (I asked them to wear light rings).
When I looked up the definition of analog - (adjective) a continuous signal, such as a physical recording, I came across analogue - (noun) food products used as alternatives, culinary replacements. That fed the concept for the menu: food parodies, imitations of the usual dishes.
1st course: Carpaccio of watermelon radish and imitation crab.
2nd course: Caprese salad of tomato chips, mozzarella balls, and basil crisps.
Main course: Cauliflower steaks, meat gravy and arancini.
Dessert: Pudding of green chia on meringue cakes.
Beverage: Iced tea lemon squares. (think jello)