The doors have been bolted since fire ravaged its baroque Sasha Gebler-designed interior back in June, but this month Soho House’s silver-screened sister, the Electric, is back in business, rising from the ashes revamped and ready for a delicious pair of Edible Cinema screenings in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire.
Overseen by experience organiser Polly Betton, those attending the special showings of classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on Sunday December 16 will be treated to Bombay Big Apple cocktails – a concoction of gin, cloudy apple juice, cider and cinnamon – whipped up by mixologist Sam Carter, and a tray of mystery parcels devised by experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano, who has fashioned feasts for the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
The numbered packages are intended to be eaten at specific moments during the film to heighten the experience, and although their contents are being kept firmly under wraps until the day, the organisers have teasingly said, “When Harry Met Sally offers some great moments to be translated into food: hair spray, lip gloss and Sally’s constant demands for items ‘on the side’…”
Previous screenings have included cult animation Spirited Away, which featured jasmine rice and milk jam dumplings with cherry, Japanese rosehip and meadowsweet flavouring, eaten when Chihiro’s parents’ gluttony at a buffet causes them to turn into pigs, and a crème de cacao, Martini Bianco and sea salt mix that the audience sipped during a scene in which main character Sen cries.
Future potential Edible Cinema screenings – from horror to action films – are currently being discussed for 2013, but to see 2012 out it’s a good dose of comedy with treats aplenty – on the side.