It has been slightly over a week since the second of the two-time inaugural pop-up culinary-plus event Fish Upon a Memory. Inspired by a series of nostalgic fish-in-dish paintings by Art Foo, these two evenings were definitely unique experiences not only for the original menu of delicious fish dishes but also the other elements like activities, ambience, conversation and stories.
To quote from a blog post I wrote for the Marinate website:
It “was very much how the creative process is expected to be – facing lots of the unexpected and then weaving them together with our plans into something truly memorable.
For the hosting team, the trail (and thrill) started from being able to work in partnership with Art Foo and his series of evocative paintings, with chef Ed responding with a heartfully-designed menu that was refined as we went along, ideas from Betsy and Moses to invite participation from the diners and then working as a team together with Hamzah to serve-up the two evenings on 13 and 20 Aug. Into this mix, throw in a change of venue and the need to very speedily renovate to get a unique space ready, making it most heady journey indeed.
However, the co-creating was not just for the hosting team. It really included each of the diners for each evening. Their presence was a crucial part of the ambience for each evening. When they warmed up and sportingly came dressed and participated in the activity, it made each evening special in its own way.
“Super impressed with the attention to details. Fish.Ball.Noodles was very memorable.”
“Great variety of tastes, textures, and culinary methods. Plating was aesthetically pleasing.”
“There was clearly heart in the food, the service was impeccable and the story-telling was engaging.”
“Wonderful experience! Had an amazing dining experience and also learned a lot. ”
“A Great Place to de-stress! The next big thing!”
From this sampling of the generous reviews we received, you can feel our gratefulness for this chance to co-create this memory together.”
To be part of this process going from clarifying our vision of what we wanted to create to going through the ups and downs and finally to see it come alive, and now to see it launched permanently into memories, has been as special as it has been ephemeral.
Can it or should it be measured merely by utility? Or by its permanence and legacy? Don’t seem to matter all that much.mSo, what does matter?
Here I am savouring even as we start the ball rolling for the next event.