Saturday April 20th, 2013
We have literally been looking forward to this event for months, so when the day finally came, we were filled with nervous excitement!
While we waited for the event to start (we are notoriously early for all events we attend) we had a little look around the third floor.
During our wait we also had the opportunity to talk with David Jones, the Kitchen Manager at Studio Movie Grill. I’d never heard about the movie theater/grill that moved into the Epicentre on East Trade before, but I’m excited to go and see what they have to offer. David talked about his vision for bringing more attention to Charlotte and all it has to offer, and who knows we could get Robert Downey Jr. here for the Iron Man premiere. That would make this foodie very happy!
The F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) is the brain-child of the research center FoodCultura based in Barcelona, Spain and is co-organized by artist Miralda. You could definitely feel the Spanish influences throughout the exhibition, and there are signs and labels in both English and Spanish.
The first section is Table, where you can see plates, cutlery and glasswork. The second is Kitchen, where you can see some of the mixing bowls (which I got a snap of before hand,) pots, graters, molds and utensils. The third section of the tour is dedicated to items you might have in your pantry and some that have been around since Mayan times. The Pantry is the focus of the fourth section of the tour and you can see mortar and pestles (have one of those and love to
play uh… use it.) The last section is dedicated the the Garden were we saw different grills and other exciting objects… as well as learned how the myth of the unicorn came around…
After our tour of the museum, it was time to get to tasting F.O.O.D. so it was time to head down to our first destination. The Halcyon restaurant down on the second level of the museum.
Okay, I am not a duck girl. I like to look at them, but eating duck? That’s a whole other story… but since I was in the mood to open up my culinary horizons, I decided to give them a try. My thoughts? Duck tastes like something between beef and chicken. Will I try it again? Maybe.
The third, and last part of our culinary experience took us down to E2, where they had a crawfish boil already going.
The manager told us a bit about why Emeril decided to open up a eatery in uptown Charlotte. Not only does he love the city, he is also a fan of Johnson and Wales. We also learned that not all Emeril’s eateries serve the same type of cuisine. He has eateries dedicated to Italian, Seafood, and the all American favorite, burgers.
I hope you enjoyed my culinary experience as much as I did, and are inspired to make a trip down here to the Queen City (Charlotte) to see what we have to offer.