Once a year, on a glorious spring weekend, masses of grilled cheese lovers journey to Openhouse NYC in SoHo for the ultimate grilled cheese competition. The Big Cheesy brings together the best grilled cheese purveyors of NYC and allows for the people to decided which sandwich reigns supreme.
There are only two rules in the competition:
1. Competitors can only present one sandwich (two if they’re doing a vegetarian and meat options).
2. The grilled cheeses must be delicious.
All attendees were allowed to sample as many grilled cheeses as they could handle while washing down the melty goodness with a tall boy of their Sixpoint Brewery beer of choice. Competition was deliciously fierce this year with offerings ranging from smoky to sweet.
It’s common knowledge that we tend to eat with our eyes first. Aesthetically unpleasing dishes rarely make it off the plate and into our mouths. Lucky for us, bevies of designers/art directors/artists/generally creative people have been fusing their talents with food to produce some insanely cool looking eats. Even luckier for us, everything on the following list is, in fact, edible. You can look at your pretty cake and eat it too.
Pantone x Food
The Pantone color matching system is part of every designer’s essential toolbox. Some creative designers have taking matching to a whole different level. Graphic designer and illustrator David Schwen puts together complementary food pairings such as eggs and bacon, instead of color pairings, in this project he did on Instagram. Emilie Guelpa, a French art director, created a series of Pantone tarts for the food magazine Fricote. She even managed to get them all coded to the exact pantone color.
Chocolate That is Literally Out of This World
The chocolate boutique inside the Righa Royal Hotel in Japan, L’éclat, has created incredibly beautiful chocolate replicas of the planets in our solar system. Venus tastes like lemon cream, Earth tastes like cacao, and just in case you were wondering, Uranus tastes of milk tea. If you purchase the entire set, they will apparently throw the sun in for free.
I Can’t Believe It Is Butter
Toast is definitely a blank canvas for a variety of spreads, but none match the creativity of this. The Japanese artist Shoko Mansunaga uses only edible elements and all natural food colorings to masterfully craft butter spreads into abstract designs on toast. That’s a breakfast definitely worth waking up for.
From edible hamburger wrappers to insane pizza creations, this week’s WTF will surely leave you baffled by the weird world of food.
Merry Christmas from Underground Eats!
The Experimental Food Society is a curator of food arts as it celebrates of the visceral, tangible, performative, and culinary aspects of food in the UK. It is an umbrella organization that brings together “food magicians, jellymongers, sonic food artists, cake sculptors, gastronomic tailors, culinary cabaret troupes and one-of-a-kind dining conceptualists to name a few,” and “society members are joined in their love of food and their desire to push it to new levels, often fusing it with other forms such as science and art.”
Alexa Perrin, the founder of the Experimental Food Society, explains in an interview that she founded the society in 2009 because she wanted to give a platform to the incredible talent that is largely untapped in Britain. Perrin is also the founder and owner of APR Consultancy, a PR firm. She “grew up in a family of foodies,” and spent a lot of time in restaurants growing up. She would help her mother bake cakes for local businesses, and her love of food grew from there.
Being a member of the society gets you access to a yearly festival, the Spectacular Exhibition, where the best gourmet artists put their work on display. This includes butter architects, cake artists, bread sculptors, and watermelon carvers, to name a few.
The line between the culinary arts and the fine arts is indeed a fine one. The aesthetic intricacies of the culinary arts are endless. Perhaps Ms. Perrin will create an outpost of The Experimental Food Society in New York one of these days; the talent and artistic creativity certainly exists here.
Believe it or not, this is just a small compilation of the brain-related recipes that are splattering the web in the week leading up to Halloween.
Find the recipes below:
Monkey Brains Cake
Panna Cotta Brains with Raspberry Sauce
Cake Ball Brains
Bloody Brain Shooters
Monster Brain Cupcakes