For­get the phone and eat

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Taste -

TRIPLE Miche­lin-starred restau­rant Eleven Madi­son Park in New York has be­gun to of­fer a new ta­ble ser­vice that in­vites guests to stow away their smart­phones dur­ing the meal to re­sist dis­trac­tion.

An­nounced by chef Daniel Humm on In­sta­gram, the move is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing guests to be “just a bit more present with one an­other”.

The In­sta-pic (left) shows a smart­phone placed in­side a hand­some wooden box on the din­ner ta­ble. In his cap­tion, Humm ex­plains that the idea was in­spired by artist Ar­lene Shechet's art in­stal­la­tion Full Steam Ahead at the nearby Madi­son Square Park which Humm – an avid art col­lec­tor and con­nois­seur – in­ter­prets as an ap­peal to “look up and ap­pre­ci­ate the present mo­ment”.

“In­spired by her ex­hibit, we’ve brought a touch of this into our restau­rant, with guests pre­sented with a box which they can place their phones into, en­cour­ag­ing them to en­joy the com­pany of those at the ta­ble, and be just a bit more present with one an­other. It’s been so amaz­ing to see how guests have em­braced this in the din­ing room,” Humm writes.

Shechet also joined in on the In­sta­gram con­ver­sa­tion to re­veal that she had been work­ing with Humm for months to de­sign the boxes.

While many of his fans ap­plauded the ini­tia­tive, oth­ers were quick to point out that stow­ing away phones would rob them of the chance to im­mor­talise their US$315 (RM1,313) meal on cam­era.

The boxes are cur­rently pre­sented as an op­tion and are not oblig­a­tory.

Box it up. — In­sta­gram/Daniel Humm

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.