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Meet Kat Affleck and her team in Barcelona, who are giving visitors the chance to eat art – an innovative new dining experience in the city.
Kat had lived in Barcelona for eight years; this project all began last year when she decided to create art tours around the city, founding her company ArtSpace. The company offers tours of Barcelona’s lesser-known galleries and street art, as well as photography tours around the city.
Later, Kat teamed up with co-founder Rishabh to create Eat.Art, giving visitors the chance to not only see the art, but to eat it as well. “I was looking forward to the concept,” said Rishabh. “It’s a great sensation to open up art in a different way and explore through food.”
And that’s exactly what they do – along with their talented chef, they recreate the paintings and sculptures of artists such as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Eduardo Chillida. Tea and pepper pork with creamy nutmeg mashed potatoes, sesame mousse and parsnip crisps, are miraculously transformed into famous works of abstract art.
The main purpose of Kat’s art tours however, is to introduce people to up-and-coming artists and show them some of the city’s best street art, so the Eat.Art dishes also feature works by graffiti artists. One of the main street artists they work with is Konair, who is represented by Artevistas Gallery. His iconic ice cream logo can be seen all over Barcelona, and now can be eaten too – in the form of a triple chocolate brownie with a raspberry mousse.
“We also look at the way the artists work,” explains Kat, “including shape and form. For example, if the artist was inspired by nature, like Miró and Dalí were, we try to get inspiration for the dishes from vegetables and use earthy flavours.”
Each Eat.Art event begins with an art tour around the city, before heading back to a hidden gallery to enjoy a four-course menu, surrounded by works of art. The menu changes every three months and is created using seasonal produce, as well as being paired with wines from a local bodega.
A minimum of 8 people required for bookings
Dietary requirements are catered for, such as vegetarians
Contact Art.Events directly for quotes, bookings and information
The next pop-up Eat.Art event will be held on July 21st, 2018