Charcoal recently popped in to the Urban Shaman gallery to see what the boys at Table Manners were serving for their collaboration with Cluster Festival in Winnipeg. As you may know, Cluster Festival is a multifaceted new music and integrated arts festival that started in Winnipeg in 2010. Table Manners added food to the experience this year by creating a pop-up dinner that included an arrangement of digital art displays and musical accompaniments meant to enhance the dining experience.
Dinner began with a Curried beet soup with barberries and coconut, which was delicate, delicious and a dish I could eat again and again. The next course was all about the beet, a Manitoba food if there ever was one. It included beet hummus, beet raisin’s and roasted beet’s served with pickled strawberries, mint and sesame matzot. This was proceeded by cured albacore tuna served with a barley and a lime creme fresh followed by pork cheeks and beef tenderloin over swiss chard and silky cheese sauce, all of which were equally delightful. For some sweetness we finished with a chocolate mouse served with hibiscus meringue and pop rocks, a whimsical and flavourful ending to the evening. As much as these dinners are about the food they are also about the experience. The whole concept of a pop-up dinner is to take dining out of its traditional constructs and create something more for the guest. We appreciate all the effort that went into this dinner and of course the festival and we would like to thank Table Manners, Cluster Festival and of course all the lovely people who sat with us and made our night wonderful. Cheers and much love from the Charcoal Collaborative.
Photography – Brett Howe
Layout – Sarah Gurevich
Words – Daniel Gurevich