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Why, for God’s sake why, would someone get him- or herself towed up into the sky at an elevation of 180 feet seated at a floating table and strapped into a seat secured with safety belts to have a delicious Michelin starred chef’s dinner ? Oh well, there are a few very good reasons to experience Dinner in the Sky. First there’s the fun part. It’s scary, it’s fun but you share your anxiety and excitement with all the other guests being around the table so that kind of smoothens the edges. Second, it’s a one of a kind experience, having a Michelin starred gourmet chef’s meal being served in the sky. Third, why not if you can have this one of a kind experience ?
One of the main sponsors of Dinner in the Sky, DS Automobiles, was so kind to invite a few media people – the chosen one’s, 😉 – out there and check the whole thing out. Well, it was everything they’ve promised ! We were received in style in a drop dead gorgeous lounge with a glass (or two) of Laurent-Perrier champagne to get this extra-special thing going. Then a kind yet firm voice announced to us that we had to get ready to embark (or rather be seated) at our respective floating tables. Walking in style on a red carpet we arrived at the entry point for the Dinner in the Sky experience. Some security guys strapped us in a comfy seat and before we knew it we were at an elevation of about 180 feet sitting at a floating table with posh dinnerware and napkins and the whole shebang. At the center of the ‘flying’ table (and the centre of attention) was a Michelin starred chef (together with his crew) that served a magnificent dinner with a magnificent view. In our case top chef Pascal Devalkeneer of Chalet de la Fret (**).
The most glittering stars of gastronomy took their place behind the stoves of Dinner in the Sky: from Pierre Gagnaire to Marc Veyrat, from Heston Blumenthal to Anton Mosimann, from Dani Garcia to Paco Roncero, from Alain Passard to Yannick Alleno,… They ‘flew’ over the most magical places imaginable: the Strip of Las Vegas, the gardens of the King David Hotel, the Marina of Dubai, the hills of the Villa Borghese, the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the beach of Copacabana and Cape Town bay, to name a few… For Belgium top notch names of the Belgian gastronomy were present: Viki Guenes of ‘t Zilte (**), Bart De Pooter of De Pastorale (**), Pascal Devalkeneer of Chalet de la Fôret (**), Yves Mattagne of the Sea Grill (**) and lots of other Belgian top talents of the Belgian gourmet landscape.
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Dinner in the Sky is a 100 % Belgian concept by Hakuna Matata, a communications agency specialized in gourmet pleasures, and The Fun Group, a company specialized in amusement park installations deploying cranes. Together they’ve joined forces in 2006 to made a child’s dream come true: a flying dinner table baptized ‘Dinner in the Sky’ which served as the venue for adventurous restaurant owners . Over the past years, Dinner in the Sky has criss-crossed the skies of 45 countries… In Europe, to be sure, but also in Australia, Japan, India, Dubaï, South-Africa, Brazil, United States, Mexico, Canada… and China. The Atomium experience however was a first time experience in its kind, celebrating 10 years of Dinner in the Sky, having exactly 10 tables grouped together at such a prestigious location with an integrated red carpet experience. It was amazing to be part of the experience, for sure. If you have the possibility, go and experience it for yourself. www.dinnerinthesky.com www.dsautomobiles.com