When: 6 August
Where: Vue Events, 55/525 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
How much: $245 – $250
More info: Eventbrite
Artist Kirsha Kaechele proposes that we solve the problem of invasive species by eating them. Her Eat the Problem debuted at Hobart’s Mona as a full package of solutions: a cookbook, a series of winter feasts, and healing treatments, all based on finding a functional use for pest species.
Now, the project is ‘invading’ the mainland, with collaborative dinner events at acclaimed restaurants in Melbourne, Newrybar and Brisbane. The events will welcome Kirsha, and celebrate the book behind the exhibition: a 544-page compendium of artwork, poetry, essays, and interviews with James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Heston Blumenthal, Tim Minchin, and many more.
Combining art and haute cuisine, the dinners offer invasive species in a series of artful dishes – camel milk ice-cream, sea urchin tart, feral pigeon roast, cane toad – with each restaurant’s chef offering their own interpretation of Kirsha’s love of chaos and complexitz. In Melbourne, Vue de Monde’s executive chef Hugh Allen has created a six-course menu with matched wines.
[Main image: Ragu di cinghiale by Daniel Boulud and Travis Swikard from Eat the Problem by Kirsha Kaechele. Photo credit Rémi Chauvin]