'Dinnertainment:' Elevated Menus at Theatrical Dining Concepts Provide the Ultimate Experience

'Dinnertainment:' Elevated Menus at Theatrical Dining Concepts Provide the Ultimate Experience

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

As dining out becomes a daily occurrence, what draws a customer to one restaurant over another? Is it the food, the décor, or the service? Perhaps it’s the overall experience which is then reported back to friends. With the influence of social media, diners love to share what they are experiencing on Instagram, Facebook, Periscope, Twitter, and Snapchat. Usually the photos of a beautifully plated dish will represent the experience. However, some restaurants are taking the dining experience to a more experiential level and incorporating theatrical elements. No longer is dining out simply sitting at a table with your friends and having a conversation.

Theatrical dining is not a new concept. Italian pizza restaurant Miceli’s has the singing waiters and The Magic Castle offers roaming magicians and magic shows. There is also Medieval Times where men, dressed as knights, joust and brandish weapons as diners eat and cheer on the knights. But food is not the primary focus when a diner goes to one of these venues. They go for the entertainment and for the overall experience. Yet, there are experiential dining experiences in Los Angeles that are raising the bar and going beyond performance dining. Theatrical elements are brought into the modern dining environment to enhance, not overshadow, the food. 

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In this episode of Food as a Lifestyle, brought to you by the Foodable Network, we bring you to one of Chef Adrianne's monthly Dark Dining nights, where she takes her dining guests on a journey of the senses by blindfolding them while they eat each dish. On this specific event, 100% of the ticket profits went to the Live Like Bella Foundation for childhood cancer. Watch the full episode to get a visual taste of guests getting a delicious sensory overload and to see the behind the scenes kitchen prep.