A new way to dine is sweeping over the country – literally – as Las Vegas debuts its ‘Dinner in the Sky’ experience this summer. Dinner in the sky is a high-end group dinner that takes place suspended on an independent platform 180 feet above ground for a multi-course dinner and entertainment.
This concept started in Belgium in 2006 and has since spread to 19 countries around the world. At 18 stories above ground, guests are strapped into leather seats and harnesses on a platform that marries a roller coaster and a dinner table and suspended above a skyline with a crane. You get an up close and personal view that stretches out about 60 miles.
And if you’re thinking “Well, don’t people get sick to their stomach after the meal?”
The idea behind this concept was originated based on the theory that fear triggers a flood of endorphins through the body which heightens all 5 senses, especially taste, and that makes the meal extra intense and more enjoyable.
Popular menu items include sea food specialties like scallops, crab and caviar, but how appealing is seafood at that altitude? And I bet you’re also wondering how much a seat at this tall table would cost you. Try a whopping 500 dollars. That’s half a grand of your money for a meal you may or may not digest.
Before taking part in this extravagant experience, a Florida woman shares her views and said, “What’s the worst that could happen? I go splat but I had a great dinner before.” So people are willing to “die” for this experience? That’s really saying a lot.
The company prides itself on two things: Exclusivity and Safety. Event variations include: Breakfast in the sky, lunch in the sky, cocktails in the sky, meeting in the sky, internet café in the sky and more.
Tables are available for a session of 8 hours, but it can be divided and personalized. Typically, a table accommodates 22 people at every session with three staff members including the chef, a waiter, and entertainer.
Your ‘Dinner in the Sky’ event can be held anywhere from golf courses and race tracks to castles and vineyards, just as long as there is a surface of approximately 500 m² that can be secured with authorization by the owner of the property.
In the U.S. thus far, Las Vegas and Florida are the only locations to offer a dinner in the sky experience. Las Vegas dinner is of course over the Vegas strip and offers a very luxurious and romantic atmosphere similar to the experiences abroad. Florida, on the other hand, surfaces over the Miami area and markets itself as more of an adventurous “roller coaster-esque” experience. Which is fitting for Florida and the state’s theme park trademark.
Regardless of its marketing, Dinner in the Sky is catching buzz quickly, and people are spiked by their curiosity. The question is, is this trend shining new light to dining as we embrace the future or is this just a fad that’ll soon fade away into the night?