‘Are you afraid of the dark?’

Friday 27 October, 2016, Private dining experience, Birmingham

‘Are you afraid of the dark?’ was commissioned as a birthday dinner, to coincide with the weekend of Halloween.

The event was produced without the prior knowledge of the guests for the ultimate surprise. A specially designed set in an underground cellar provided a terrifying backdrop, and an opulent table nestled in the subterranean detritus and cobwebs.

Three performers, enthralled by the flesh of the diners, served and surrounded the guests; close and sensual, they conjured a heightened sense of fright and delight.

Video by Jack Buck.


BONES – Amuse Bouche
Chicken wing lollipop, beetroot mayonnaise, porcini powder; Spiced pumpkin croquette, bone marrow and toasted marshmallow

EYES – Welcome Drink
Lychee juice, lychees, gin, absinthe, blueberry juice

FLESH – Starter
Steak tartare, deep fried capers, chicken liver parfait, cured egg yolk, cornichon, rye crumbs served along the hollow of veal bones

Squid ink linguini, smoked fish cigarette, seaweed, salt and kampot pepper squid, shallot rings, squid ink mayonnaise

BELLY – Main
Pork Belly braised in five spice, glazed in ketjap manis, pearl barley and black rice, black pudding, roasted aubergine, onion ash, ‘stitched’ pig skin

BRAIN – Dessert
Chocolate ganache, cake, blackberry parfait, beetroot and blackberry gel plated on white plate with a beetroot blood splatter

SPIRIT – Petit-four
Bite-sized black toffee apple, calvados and apple puree on bones

WISHES – At the end of the event the diners were given a gilded chicken wishbone to commemorate the event.

‘Are you afraid of the dark?’ was curated and produced by Kaye Winwood; Food by Chris Hughes; Production Assistants – Jessica Barber and Rico Johnson-Sinclair; Performed by Jessica Barber, Cat Butler, Rico Johnson-Sinclair; Videography by Jack Buck.