Eating the Periodic Table

Doing loops in this month’s Wonderment of Beakerhead 2014: Photo Recap is of course The Periodic Table.

In 2014, hundreds got to dine on the Periodic Table — Canada’s first sustainable energy ferris-wheel-turned-dining-room. It may have been snowing (remember Snowtember?!), cold or muddy, but that didn’t deter people from enjoying a multi-course meal based on the Periodic Table created by esteemed Calgary chef Nicole Gomes and the views atop a gently rotating wheel. It was both lovely and guilt-free… the ride was powered with used cooking oil from downtown restaurants using Sustainival‘s conversion technology.

Delighting diners was also a mechanical installation, entitled Invasion of the Space Ponies, by local artist, Lisa Brawn.

Thanks again to Fort Calgary for housing the ferris wheel, and Sustainival, Boom Goes the Drum, The Rocket House, Absolut Canada, Big Rock Brewery, Lisa Brawn, local Calgarian bands, like Jocelyn & Lisa, and of course, Chef Nicole Gomes (we’re still dreaming of the cotton candy desert!).

Jocelyn & Lisa and an astronaut groupie. Photo by: Curtis Anderson
Jocelyn & Lisa and an astronaut groupie. Photo by: Curtis Anderson
Hon Joan Crockett and co-founder Jay Ingram. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Hon Joan Crockett and co-founder Jay Ingram. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Chef Nicole Gomes. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Chef Nicole Gomes. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
Invasion of the Space Ponies by Lisa Brawn. Photo by Kelly Hofer Photography
Invasion of the Space Ponies by Lisa Brawn. Photo by Kelly Hofer Photography

Top photo by: Life Unscripted Photography by Jackie Ho

 

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Beakerhead Call for Intrepid Calgary Restaurants

The Challenge: Delicious! 

Beakerhead is seeking proposals of scientifically concocted three-course meals for Centrifuge, a bio-fuelled ferris wheel that will be turned into a 32-seat outdoor dining room, over three days during Beakerhead, September 11 – 13th, 2014.

This mid-air dining experience is a world first! Installed in a highly visible location during Beakerhead 2014, diners will enjoy dinner on this 16-bucket, lit-up ferris wheel while enjoying their molecular gastronomy meal.

Engineering an Experience
Beakerhead is looking for a menu fuelled by imagination and experimentation at the intersection of science, technology and art. The goal is an outstanding experience enriched by an understanding of the science and engineering involved. Service should be taken into account, since the experience is entwined with the gentle circling of a ferris wheel overlooking the city. Service by stiltwalkers would not be out of the question!

Taste is not the only sense that can be stimulated. You’re encouraged to explore opportunities to delight diners with engineered smell, sight and touch.

Is your restaurant in? Download this Request for Proposal.

Deadline June 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST)
Questions: Hanan(at)beakerhead.com