One new creative collaboration, The Recipe Project, demonstrates how the creative fodder can go both ways. Hipster band One Ring Zero has taken the notion of chefs as the new rock stars to a whole new level, transforming famous chefs' recipes into song lyrics. Chris Cosentino's recipe for brains and eggs becomes a Beastie Boys-inspired rap; David Chang's Maine jonah crab claws with yuzu mayonnaise reportedly sounds like an Iron Maiden cover. It's hard to imagine what new movement will follow farm-to-table dining, but I predict that media and pop culture will certainly play a part. Do you agree?
The restaurant itself has spawned a bit of a trend: pop-ups are hot right now, and so are menus curated from great moments in food history. But Katie and I got into a heated debate about dining at Next.
"I wasn't that into all the hype, but then I saw opening night pictures, and it looks amazing!" she exclaimed. I disagreed: Paris 1906 seems more creative in concept than in reality. Of course, the only real way to get to the bottom of this is to snag some tickets ourselves. What do you think of Next? Is it an avante-garde idea, or nothing to write home about?
The first, to be called Next Restaurant, will serve four menus per year from what the website calls "great moments in culinary history — or the future." The second, Aviary, is being described as "a cocktail bar, redefined" and will entail chefs, not bartenders, producing cocktails and food pairings in what's being termed a "drink kitchen."
Both Aviary, which will allow walk-ins, and Next, which will require tickets, are currently on target to open this Fall. Get a better sense of both concepts when you watch the restaurant's trailer, after the jump.