Warning: Acrophobics will not want to read any further. Others: Are you up for dining in mid-air – with only a safety harness and a chair supporting you as you are swinging 180 feet above the ground?
Dinner in the Sky is coming to Delray Beach on Saturday, Oct. 20, as part of the Lynn University Presidential Debate event.
For $500, diners can have one of 22 seats at a table set on a platform that will be swinging 180 feet (roughly 15 stories) in the air, suspended by a crane’s hook. Chefs from Caffe Luna Rosa and Candyfish by Union, both in Delray Beach, will be cooking and presenting the foods.
It’s a unique experience – only three other Dinners in the Sky have been held in the U.S., including one on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas at night. Dozens more have taken place internationally in Belgium, London, Dubai, Portugal, Poland and elsewhere. Forbes magazine calls it one of the top 10 unique dining experiences in the world.
Four seatings – 88 chances to dine aloft
There will be four seatings for the Delray Beach event, where the crane and platform will be set up in Old School Square Park downtown. Diners can choose the Caffe Luna Rosa Italian menu for two seatings, or the Candyfish at Union sushi menu for the other two. Guests get to party before and after the multi-course dinners, with a photo from the airborne dinner, and a luxe swag bag from event sponsors, which includes Lamborghini Palm Beach and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.
There’s no age limit for the dinner, but there is a height restriction – diners must be 4’11” tall, presumably to fit into the safety harnesses. Swivel chairs are suspended out over the edges of the platform, with views of the ground unobstructed. Ocean and broad city views can be expected.
Chefs get a trial run
The chefs and servers will work from the center area of the platform ringed by tables where the foods are set up course-by-course. Along with the diners, they also are fitted with safety harnesses. A dry run takes place earlier in the day for the restaurants’ staff.
“No, I’m not afraid of heights. I’m 42 years old and still go on the carnival rides,” chef Ernesto DeBlasi, of Caffe Luna Rosa, said.
He’s decided to go with a “classical” fine-dining white-tablecloth menu with luxe foods like lobster and filet mignon – to match the ticket prices. “I’m serving a three-course menu – I really only have about an hour after the toast, and want to leave time for the assembly fresh – not just food out of a hot box – and have time for presentation, and to talk about the foods,” he said.
He’s still learning about the dinner the organizers approached him to prepare. “I believe I’ll have a harness,” he said, “but I’m curious to find out what it’ll be attached to. I’m really excited about it – it should be fun.”
Sarah Martin, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, agreed, and said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Delray Beach and the guests who experience it.”
Dinner in the Sky
- Where: Old School Square Park, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 20 – seatings at 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
- Cost: $500 per person
- For tickets and information: (561) 279-1380 ext. 17; www.delraybeachdinnerinthesky.com