The Dinner Series
The Studio Enti Dinner series began as a way to bring the production work and creative collaborations we do with chefs and restaurants into the Studio Enti space. We have hosted a number of evenings and collaborated with a huge team of chefs and creatives to breathe life into the Foley St Laneway after dark.
We have collaborated with chef James Metcalfe of JRM hospitality for a producer dinner that saw the space filled with white table cloths, a six course degustation and the main dish of Lamb wrapped in clay and baked in the kiln.
In alignment with our love for Kintsugi we hosted a dinner with Chef Black jacket and Edition Roasters that saw a six course feast showcasing a contemporary mix of Scandinavian and Japanese Styles using local, Australian produce.
The latest series has taken place as a recipient of the City of Sydney’s Night Time Diversification Grant, together with good friends Chef Dids and Funk Schway sounds. We have teamed up to bring a series of curated and experimental events to the night time Street Scape of Darlinghurst.
Each dinner has embraced a musical genre as the major theme around which food is created, ceramics are made and the space is transformed. The coming together of Music, food and art - It has been a great honour to meet so many new and enthusiastic faces throughout the series.
The first dinner was Korean Kitsch’n: an exploration of Korean inspired dishes and K-pop! Diners feasted on 6 courses of delicious Korean food with an Australian twist, from ferments and smoked butter to 'hillbilly tteokbokki' all served on Studio Enti's handmade porcelain tableware with bespoke additions of porcelain chopsticks, saké sets and the cutest little tigers. All while DJ Adi B ushered diners through a melodic K-POP journey from appetiser to desert.
Next came “Thievery Kitchen”, which was a perfectly paired combination of delicious foraged, thieved and looted foods, beautiful bespoke ceramics, worldly music from an all time favourite band - Thievery Corporation, and a stunning floral installation by artist Nastia Gladushenko. Again, six courses of creative delectable seasonal genius from the kitchen and the mind of Chef Dids.
This was followed by Country Women’s Association (CWA) In the City. Everything was on the table - Country classics on the 1s and 2s, gingham tablecloths and classic dishes reinterpreted into a six course modern feast referencing favourite moments and memories from our collective past and present. We teamed up with Mad Hatters Wine co. for a curated matched wine experience.
In March we celebrated Darlinghurst’s Night of Nights with a Mardi Gras inspired Soiree - complete with an oyster bar, prosecco van care of the Fizz Fellas, and a complete discography of soul and funk performed by Funk Schway Sounds.
‘The Last Supper’ was aptly named as the last in the Dinner Series sponsored by the City of Sydney and the Night Time Diversification Grant. A gathering over a spread of Middle Eastern delights prepared in house by Elif Esmez and the Studio Enti team this evening was a celebration of a shared meal - shared bread, stories, and creative goals.
We would like to thank the City of Sydney for their generous support to make these nights such a success.
A special mention to Sensory Creative for their incredible graphics and menu design for each event.
Photographs by Leanna Maione, Craig Wall and Studio Enti.