No matter how exceptional a dining experience might be for your taste buds, the rest of you must still struggle through burdensome conversation about politics, or religion, or, most tortuously ironic of all, the very food you so desperately wish you could shut up and eat. Providing unique dining and beautiful excuses not to speak, The Number 68 Project.
Started by Jill Richmond of the Urban Sage Supper Club, 68's an underground series of "Experiential Dining" events featuring thematically intertwined cuisine and entertainment; Sunday's kickoff event, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: An Evening In Food Deception", will present seemingly familiar dishes with tastes surprisingly altered by Blumenthal-esque "molecular gastronomy", to be complemented by actors reading "dark, deception based" short stories specially penned for each course by London author Alan McCormick (himself a big fan of Poe-lenta). Sharply flavourful nourishment includes Honey Truffle Pistachio Capresse bites, Wild Mushroom Risotto Cep Aspuma w/ Beetroot Jelly, and Honey Lavender Duck Served Two Ways, which shockingly doesn't mean "with Hoisin'" and "also with Hoisin". Each course is paired with rare wine, starting with a Domaine de la Paleine Crémant de Loire, then moving on to a Mauro Molino Langhe Nebbiolo, and finally a San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico; all wines hail from uber-plonk outfits Ten Green Bottles and Red, White, or Pink, terrifyingly evocative of the choice once given to you by your playground's most skilled and gentlemanly Chinese Burn artiste.
The Project's got six more banqueting bedazzlements planned over spring/summer, centered around talent ranging from an opera singer, to a vaunted sommelier "telling a story through wine" -- if you too could converse via alcohol consumption, you'd be the chattiest bloke at the table.