Mark Twain once wrote that ‘there is a charm about the forbidden which makes it unspeakably desirable’.
Kensington Street is celebrating SMH Good Food Month on Tuesday 25 October by giving members of the public license to indulge in the forbidden, with a series of events exploring the Seven Deadly Sins.
Diners are invited into a multi-sensorial immersive experience on the Eastside of Kensington street, with seven of Sydney’s most exciting restaurants; Bar Chinois, Mekong, Lower Mekong, Bistrot Gavroche, Spice Alley @ Spice House, KYO-TO, and KOI Dessert Bar. All restaurants will be offering two sittings, the first at 6.00pm and the second at 8.30pm.
All seven restaurants will be transformed, with opulent table settings and an abundance of seasonal flowers, all referencing the idea of excess and indulgence. Our talented chefs have each crafted a menu specifically for the event, with every component inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Indulge your inner glutton with luxurious crispy roasted pork belly from Lower Mekong. Enjoy oysters done seven ways, paired with wonderfully sinful spirits and wine at Bar Chinois. At Mekong, greed is good with luxurious mouthfuls of crab meat and coconut.
The dangerously delicious cuisine will be complemented by seven different performances from some of Sydney’s most cutting edge dancers, and live musical and dramatic performers. Dancers and musicians will pirouette from restaurant to restaurant throughout the evening, tangoing on the tables and serenading diners. Mirroring the handcrafted menus, each performance will be inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Attendees are encouraged escape from the drudgery practical office-wear and to be inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins with their choice of clothing. Be proud with a touch of violet, inspire envy in green, wrath in orange, or lust in red. Showcase your inner sloth in blue, your inner glutton in pink, or be greedy for the night and wear your favourite gold pieces. For one night only, too much is never enough.
The feast for the senses continues in the ‘Guilty Pleasures’ exhibition in the Old Rum Store, where some of Australia’s most acclaimed and exciting artists will be creating original artworks, exploring the complex connotations of the Seven Deadly Sins, as they relate to food through the medium of painting. The exhibition will be co-curated and opened by esteemed art collector, and longtime fixture of the Australian arts scene, Pat Corrigan.
We are excited to welcome a wide range of established and emerging artists, including the 2016 winner of the Archibald’s People’s Choice Award, Nick Stathopoulos and internationally acclaimed artists, Craig Ruddy, Luke Sciberras, Leslie Rice, Scott Marsh, Mulga, Laura Jones, Susan O’Doherty, Fiona White, Nicole Kelly, Jasper Knight and James Powditch to name but a few.
A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will go towards OzHarvest, the brainchild of 2010 Australian of the Year, Ronni Kahn. In 2005 Ozharvest successfully lobbied to legalise the donation of surplus food to charitable organisations, ever since they have helped countless Australians by using excess for good.
As a follow up to this, a series of events will take place in a selection of Kensington Street’s most desirable culinary destinations. These intimate gatherings will allow guests the unique opportunity to indulge in decadent food, wine and compelling conversation with cultural commentators, artists and chefs.