Grant Achatz is chef of Alinea and one of the big stars of contemporary cuisine. When you go to some fancy restaurant and see things like foam or smoke on the menu — or if the menu itself is made of edible paper — chances are the place is just knocking off one of Achatz’s culinary inventions.
Also, he can see into the future. When asked by a reporter what the dining experience will be like in 20 or 30 years, he responded thusly:
Nothing. Dining will become more and more virtual. The highest-end restaurants will use technology to produce dining experiences. False images of food will be projected onto tables and plates, and sights and sounds and other senses will be introduced to complete the experience.
I think he’s right. Nothing satisfies my craving for the unctuous, gooey earthiness of veal shank marrow spread over toasted spears of fresh baguette quite like a hologram and some sound effects. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to take my jet pack in for maintenance.
Atom — British Sea Power
Isis — Bob Dylan
Black Cadillacs — Modest Mouse
Milk Thistle — Conor Oberst
Versace — Bettie Serveert
Girl Sailor — The Shins
Various Stages — Great Lake Swimmners (Live)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door — Guns N Roses (yeah that’s right)
Suicide Girl — Bi-Polar Baby
Canary — Liz Phair
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song — Fleet Foxes (Live in London)
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.