‘A Midsummer Night’s Feast’

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

I’m no expert of the food of love, though I like to consider myself something of an authority on the love of food. And when I hear or read the words multi-course tasting menu, zing go the strings of my heart.

That is precisely what Food of Love Productions has cooked up for a new production of the bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” New York’s latest immersive dining experience. As with the dinner served during a production of James Joyce’s “The Dead” last winter, the audience dines along with the cast as the play progresses.

According to Playbill:

“Midsummer: A Banquet” takes a page from the royal wedding for Theseus and Hippolyta, serving audiences a multi-course tasting menu spanning the royal rehearsal dinner to the celebratory wedding feast. Emilie Baltz will create the menu.

A co-production between Food of Love and Third Rail Productions, “Midsummer: A Banquet” is currently booking through September 8.

The menu will feature an assortment of finger foods and small plates and includes allowances for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten diets. The only meat, dairy, or gluten served will be at the beginning and end of the show at a grazing table where patrons may choose the foods they wish to eat. During the show itself, any food that is served will be vegan and gluten free.

Tickets, which are priced $75, can be purchased here.

 

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