A mixed-use dining experience opens to the public at Superblue Miami during this year’s Arts Week.
Aerobanquets RMX combines art and gastronomy to offer a unique culinary experience featuring a Michelin-starred chef’s menu.
In groups of up to 16, guests enter a space designed by Italian interdisciplinary artist Mattia Casalegno that “evokes a dining room set in the future.”
Wearing Meta VR headsets, guests embark on a virtual tour narrated by top chef Gail Simmons, while dining on a specially created menu of delectable bouches by Chef Chintan Pandya. Pandya is a Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning chef from top New York restaurants Semma, Dhamaka, and Adda.
Complete with regular and vegan options, the menu includes dishes that are “mousse-like for roasted prospects,” “a pearl that tastes like when you start biting your lip,” and a tart that evokes “a windblown whistle. the door lock on a cold autumn afternoon.”
“It was magical,” one visitor told NBC 6. “It was very unusual to lose something so well-known but to bring this mystical element to something we do every day without thinking.”
Presented by Meta Open Arts, Aerobanquets RMX was created in 2018 as a way to uniquely engage all the senses, according to Superblue.
Casalegno says the multi-sensory experience was inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s “The Futurist Cookbook,” a 1932 collection of recipes and pronouncements about the future of food.
“In 1932, the Futurist Cookbook proposed an antidote to the then-complicated climate panic, by inspiring optimism at the dinner table,” said Superblue Senior Curator Kathleen Forde. “In 2022, it is our pleasure to bring Aerobanquets RMX to Superblue. reviving that spirit again, yet with a multisensory, mixed reality twist.”
The mixed reality experience is designed to bring art and food to a new level by combining virtual reality with fine dining.
“How do you visualize the taste? How is the seasoning? What’s the color of taste?” asked Casalegno. “I promoted Aerobanquets RMX as a complete feast for the senses, a multi-sensory journey, a tool to reframe all our expectations with understanding.”
Casalegno hopes that anyone who participates in the project will “open up and embrace the complexity and beauty of flavors, colors, smells, sounds, and emotions that food can evoke.”
Produced by Flavor Five Studio, the experience is live from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, and tickets range from $58 to $200 per person, depending on the time of day. Tickets are on sale now at superblue.com/aero.
Kelly Blanco takes us inside Aerobanquets RMX at Superblue, an art and culinary experience that has reached South Florida.