Because nothing says good company like 90 minutes of silence and punishment for talking.
But that’s exactly what happened the other night at Eat, a restaurant in Brooklyn that recently hosted a dinner where all the guests vowed to be completely silent throughout the meal. The four-course, $40 dollar dinner of “organic locavore” bites, lasted an hour and a half. If you slipped up and spoke, your plate was removed and placed on a bench outside, where “loudmouths” were expected to finish their meal. Maybe I just don’t get it, but I’m pretty sure a simple “thank you” shouldn’t elicit such treatment.
The dinner was inspired when Nicholas Nauman, the event’s organizer, ate a meal in an Indian monastery, and remarked on the peacefulness of the experience. His goal was to eliminate the “sound and fury” of dining.
Overall, it sounds like the kind of pageantry one comes to expect from the New York dining scene. Would you participate in a silent dinner? Let us know in the comments below!