At the invitation of ECADC (Estonian Contemprary Art development Center) dilettantin produktionsbüro conceives a performative dinner staged as a series that tempts to capture the flavor of Estonia. The starting point of “Eating the Forest” are the artistic works of Kris Lemsalu and Adeline de Monseignat and a week-long search in Tallinn and its surrounding area in the aim to explore typical Nordic flavors.
Inspired by the flavors of the Estonian forest and typical regional products a vast multi-course dinner is being created that works without any eating utensils. From specially made dish objects made of wood, ceramic and organic material such as leaves and bark the food is eaten with the hands. The meal is cooked very purely, product-oriented and seasonal, in addition to mackerel there is cod, moose, mushrooms, moss and root vegetables. Every dish is paired by a special drink: e.g. Spruce lemonade, Estonian beer, kombucha, cowslip tea, tarhun and a balm essence. Both the first and the last course of the dinner pay tribute to typical local flavors of the hosting city.
‘Eating the Forest’ took place so far in La Fabbrica Del Vapore in Miland 2015 and during Art Brussels in 2016.
Dishware by Kris Lemsalu (EST) and Adeline de Monseignat (UK), Wood by Malin Workshop (EST), Fabrics by Julia Heuer (CH), Concept and Food by dilettantin produktionsbüro (GER), hosted by ECADC Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center.
‘Eating the Forest’ fand bislang in La Fabbrica Del Vapore in Mailand und während der Art Brussels statt.
All images courtesy Angelo Becci for ECADC