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EDIBLE COMMUNITY

Dig & Serve pop-up at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return. Guests gather around an eighteen-inch-wide by forty-five-foot-long table inside the Glow Forest for the first two seated courses. Photo by Sean Poitras.

Inspiring Community DINNER EVENTS POP-UP ALL OVER NEW MEXICO By Zoey Fink New Mexico is hosting an explosion of pop-up dinners. These unique gatherings, which have grown in popularity throughout the country over the past decade, focus on fresh produce; unique locations; collaboration between farmers, artists, chefs, foodies, and musicians; and the stories intertwined with the food that we eat and the way it is prepared. Many different people and groups have hosted events this year, including Silver Leaf Farms, Bow & Arrow Brewing, Women & Creativity, Wild Leaven Bakery, Boyd & Allister, and the Downtown Growers’ Market. Two standouts are Dig & Serve and the dinner series hosted by farmers Marjory Sweet and Seth Matlick. The Dig & Serve team, Brandon Gregoire and Robert Hoberg, are innovators in the Albuquerque pop-up dinner scene. They strive to create immersive dining experiences in unique locations, including Zendo Coffee, Bow & Arrow Brewery, 516 Gallery, Meow Wolf, and Levitated Toy Factory. “We try to select venues that people have not eaten at before; galleries, breweries, fashion shows, art exhibit spaces, farms, etc. The additional visual stimulation of eating in a place that typically does 32

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not offer a dining setting adds another level of sensory excitement,” said Gregoire. The Meow Wolf dinner last November seated more than a hundred guests throughout the venue, from the neon Ghost Town to a long table in the aquarium-like Glow Forest. Each table showcased an installation centerpiece by local artists. Performers danced throughout the exhibit while guests munched on delights such as fresh corn polenta; beet-infused pasta; and cantaloupe drizzled with honey, basil, and red pepper. The night ended with an explosive performance by Cloacas accompanying a dance party for guests and crew. The Dig & Serve events do a imaginative job of integrating local art and creative spirit into distinct locations with unique partners. “Incorporating artistic elements is crucial to providing a memorable guest experience,” said Gregoire, “from musicians and visual artists, to chefs and physical performance artists, to guests and beyond. Each event is unique and our opportunities to collaborate with new people in the community are continually growing.” Gregoire and Hoberg use as many local ingredients as possible in their dinners. “If you care about freshness and flavor, you'll respond to whatever is being grown

Late Winter 2017: Breakfast  

Sourced with local ingredients, breakfast can not only taste better, but can also help bring us closer to our local landscape and community....

Late Winter 2017: Breakfast  

Sourced with local ingredients, breakfast can not only taste better, but can also help bring us closer to our local landscape and community....