Monday, December 7, 2009

Would You Like To Dine In Hell?

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate!

Which translates as a familiar refrain, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!" The inscription before the entrance into Hell.

Abandon hope, all ye who join Cuisine en Locale and their friends at Oberon, home of the American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show for a culinary and theatrical interpretation of the venerable 14th c. work by Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia: Inferno.

The Inferno is a famous tale of Dante's journey, led by the Roman poet Virgil, through Hell. They pass through the Nine Circles of suffering, each dedicated to a specific sin or crime.

Join ONCE for a culinary tour of the nine circles of Hell, including ten courses of locally sourced food. The food will not just be 'spicy.' Everything will be eatable, and not scary. They have only done gross for ONCE Upon a Midnight Dreary, and this ONCE is going to be tastilicious and complicated in other ways. While they usually have a vegetarian alternative, they will not for this event.

This ONCE will take place thrice, on the 15th, 16th and 17th of December. Performances begin at 6pm, and the show will run for three hours to be followed by a dance party in "Heaven." Tickets cost $80 per person, exclusive of beverages and gratuity. There will be a full bar available and they will offer special Inferno-appropriate cocktails all night long.

Tickets are available online at Oberon.

I think this is a very intriguing concept and it has much potential. Which course will they pair with each sin? For example, what food will pair with the Second Circle, Lust, or the Sixth Circle, Heresy? Will we actually meet Dante and Virgil? And what about Satan? Plus, it seemes reasonbly priced for 10 courses of food, plus the entertainment of this special event.

I will likely attend this event and hope to see some of my readers there too!

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