Diners at the Park Avenue Winter restaurant can [now] partake of a “Volcano Flambé” dessert conceived by Abramovic and their executive chef, Kevin Lasko. The mini flaming mountain of ice cream, meringue, and banana mousse, topped with gold leaf and spun sugar, all on a bed of almond cake and cookie crumbs, is the first of four artist-chef collaborations arranged in consultation with Creative Time.
What do patrons of the restaurant get for their $20? You are given a lab coat to wear, and are presented with a pale wooden box, a glass of water, a fork, a spoon, and a napkin. Inside the box is an MP3 player and headphones. Press play and hear the seductive, murmuring tones of Abramovic’s voice telling you to close your eyes and breathe [and] instructions for the consumption of the fancy Baked Alaska.
The little booklet of “Spirit Recipes” that comes with the dessert is quite charming. It is filled with items such as “To be consumed on a solar eclipse,” which suggests that you, on such a celestial occasion, devour “3 glasses of water that a ruby has been soaking in for 3 days.” Oh, and also a pomegranate. (via)