In partnership with Ruinart
There’s nothing quite like the marriage of art and gastronomy. On 12 October 2022 at Frieze London, Ruinart united chef Adam Byatt and Ruinart Carte Blanche artist Jeppe Hein to celebrate the magnificent intersection of these worlds. Food for Art – here taking the form of a lunch and a dinner sitting at Trinity Restaurant – is a dining experience that draws on Hein’s Right Here, Right Now installation, which is being staged at the Ruinart Art Bar at Frieze London from 12-16 October.
The five-course multisensory culinary experience is the result of a gastronomic interchange between Byatt and Hein’s Carte Blanche commission, which drew inspiration from Maison Ruinart’s heritage, savoir-faire and champagne creation process – a celebration of beauty, taste and the natural elements. Food for Art is a reflection of Hein’s participatory approach to the commission and includes an interactive course that reflects the four elements and the four seasons.
Among the inventive offerings are edible autumnal leaves, a seaweed-based tea, and vegan caviar, which seeks to reimagine how traditional caviar is sourced and served. Naturally, Maison Ruinart in Champagne is at the heart of the presentation, epitomised in Blanc de Blancs, a course of crisp Chardonnay grapevine leaves. This pure-white dish, evoking the chalk terroirs on which the grapes for Ruinart are grown, is minimal in colour palette yet rich in flavour.
The experience is an invitation to activate the senses and reinforce our connection to the natural world, and each other – Food for Art, and food for thought.
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Harriet Lloyd-Smith was the Arts Editor of Wallpaper*, responsible for the art pages across digital and print, including profiles, exhibition reviews, and contemporary art collaborations. She started at Wallpaper* in 2017 and has written for leading contemporary art publications, auction houses and arts charities, and lectured on review writing and art journalism. When she’s not writing about art, she’s making her own.
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