Cranes and fine-dining are not exactly analogous terms, but somehow the visionaries behind Dinner in the Sky have made it work. In 2006, Hakuna Matata, a communications agency, and The Fun Group, a company specialized in amusement park installations, joined forces to bring airborne dining to life. 11 years later, this Belgian-based company has introduced this exciting concept to more than 50 countries. The creators describe the concept succinctly as “…a child’s dream come true: a flying dinner table.” There is something to be said for enjoying a bird’s eye view of some of the world’s most beautiful and famous locales—from the Cape Town bay to the Las Vegas Strip and beyond.
With fine-dining being central to the concept, each setting is helmed by a renowned regional chef. In addition to quality, safety is tantamount. Staff members are tethered to the platform, while patrons are in roller-coaster like harnesses to ensure the safety of all involved in this adventurous endeavor.
This one-of-a-kind experience comes with a corresponding price tag—having dinner in the sky will run you somewhere around $500 a couple, depending on the location. But it seems to be worth it for many daring foodies. Since its inception, the concept has spread like wildfire in Europe and other locales. It has also enjoyed a foray across the pond to Canada and the United States, with events in Toronto, Las Vegas, and a few locations in Florida.
The company touts their ability to create exclusive, customizable experiences. Some locations have even branched out to offer marriages, beach bars, and meetings in the sky.
When planning for unique and bold dining experiences, it seems the sky’s the limit with the right combination of innovation, vision, and, of course, delicious eats. Defy gravity and dine elegantly if the opportunity arises or plan a Dinner in the Sky event—you won’t be disappointed.
For more information, visit dinnerinthesky.com
By Kerri Polidore Ivey