At the event I attended 23 people, most of whom had never met before, gathered in a beautiful and spacious loft in Bushwick to indulge in Devorar; a glorious testament to culinary delights and, at the risk of being melodramatic, humanity. In proportion to the quality of the food, artistry of the atmosphere, and spirit of the organizers and participants, the cost of attending is astounding, and the pleasure of meeting new people in a shared celebration of adventure and food is heartwarming. The evening could easily be called theatrical, but without the burden of separating the audience from the performance, or the audience from each other. For a moment, strangers are brought together, their inhibitions shed by their mutual sense of exploration, senses reaching out to every nuance of the new enviroment and new friends are made. True connections are made possible by a moment unhindered by the constraints of normality.
It is a unique situation when art is viewed, appreciated, discussed, and eaten by a group of people who otherwise have no connection to each other. Everyone I met, or more accurately got to know, was overwhelmed by the presentation and sheer genius of the selections. Spring cocktails lead to a 7 course dinner with paired wines, all served efficiently and gently for the guests at a elegant 25′ table. Honey dripped slowly from glass urns hung over the table into oval dishes that would fill in time for their contribution to dessert. It would be a triumph to be able to describe each dish individually. Art should be left to speak for itself, so I leave you with the menu and one word. Sublime.
It’s good to be human.
Devorar was such a sumptuous experience: from the specialty cocktails at the beginning of the evening to the main course and atmosphere which was filled with revelry, and an eclectic group of people. It truly was an amazing evening. I look forward to the next one!
I went to a Devorar event over the summer and had such a blast! The hostess, Miranda, is so lovely and Eugene (chef) is so talented! The people at the table, I think there were 12 total, were a blast to chat and eat with. I brought a friend with me to dinner who was a first time supper-club-er and he had so much fun. Devorar really makes you feel welcome and makes sure you get your money's worth. Can't wait to go again!