Winnipeg theatre production company One Trunk Theatre has teamed up with Winnipeg’s internationally renowned chef Ben Kramer and Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre company to produce a one-of-its-kind multi-sensory dinner experience .
This experience comes by way of a performance project titled TASTE Winnipeg and promises to engage and please the senses of participants. As they step into the venue, audience members will be blindfolded and led to sit in groups of five or six, alongside a performer who will host the group.
The performers – who are in fact locally trained and practicing professional artists – will stimulate the senses of the group members with a unique story that is based on the secret menu that has been craftily put together by Kramer. This will make for a unique private tasting performance and experience.
Originally performed at the 2015 Beakerhead in Calgary , this performance is an initiative of the Ghost River Theatre company. Under the stewardship of artistic director Eric Rose, the company has collaborated with Winnipeg’s One Trunk Theatre to bring this experience to Winnipeg, the home of some of the country’s most creative chefs.
One Trunk Theatre’s associate artistic producer, Gwendolyn Collins, is excited by the collaboration and opportunity to provide Winnipeggers with this special experience.
“We hope to get a wide range of people – people who love exploring restaurants and those who love exploring arts,” Collins told the Manitoban.
“Basically, this experience will be hopefully unlike anything either of those worlds have ever experienced before. It will be a unique experience for anybody from any walks of life.”
Andraea Sartison, the artistic producer of One Trunk Theatre, has designed a Manitoba-inspired script for the performers to follow as the audience taste from Ben Kramer’s unique and localized menu.
Kramer is recognized as one of the pioneers of Winnipeg’s vibrant and thriving food scene. His recipes have been tasted at many local and international dinner experiences, such as the G8 Interfaith Summit, RAW Almond, Table for 1200 (Canada’s longest dining table) and a meeting of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He brings his world of experience and knowledge of Winnipeg’s recipes and menus to Taste Winnipeg.
Tickets are $125.00 per person and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Shows run on Oct. 29 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. at the Kitchen Sync located on the lower level of 370 Donald Street. For more information, visit onetrunktheatre.com/upcoming/taste