Higher Order has all your senses catered for in a new art-inspired dining experience
05.11.2021

Higher Order has all your senses catered for in a new art-inspired dining experience

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Words by Alice McDonald And Photography by Jake Roden

Explore the world of edible art and culinary perfection.

The culinary genius Scott Pickett, of Chancery Lane, Longrain, and Matilda, is bringing his creative brain over to Southbank at Higher Order in a series of experiential events focused on merging physical and digital, art and technology, design, food, drink and data, in the pursuit of what the future might hold. Found inside the attic of Hanover House – the home of BETA By STH BNK –  trust me when I say it is so much more than just that.

The key takeaways

  • BETA by STH BNK is launching a luxurious dining experience at Hanover House in Southbank
  • Overseen by Scott Pickett, will be a collaboration of theatrics, art and food
  • Graze through 8 different rooms each with their own futuristic theme

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Dubbed ‘Higher Order’, this multi-sensory experience of design, performance and food, will take its guests deep into another realm where scent, sound, sight and taste merge into an Asiatic-inspired culinary hallucination at Hanover House.

In your 90 minute session, you will have the chance to taste your way through eight different rooms where Pickett will oversee the art, food and theatre of the night. This will be done through a series of thought-provoking installations staged by Cineart Studios – including an oversized bamboo steamer large enough for guests to stand inside.

“At Higher Order, we’ve put together a menu that showcases local ingredients and classic processes, which are then immersed in art and theatre, to create a mind-blowing multi-sensory event.”

This event launched by BETA by STH BNK is designed to give Melburnians a feel for what can be expected as part of Beulah’s $2 billion-plus project, STH BNK By Beulah, which is set to become Australia’s tallest building, boasting fully integrated vertical villages and drawing together leading figures in design and placemaking with pioneering creative collaborators.

 

 

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Chef collaborator Scott Pickett says; “The prospect of looking at what will be in store in the future in the landscape of dining is something really special. It’s about how we can look to our producers and suppliers to change their ways and means to ensure sustainability that is still affordable to the discerning diner, whilst creating interesting and evocative food experiences.

“At Higher Order, we’ve put together a menu that showcases local ingredients and classic processes, which are then immersed in art and theatre, to create a mind-blowing multi-sensory event.”

The eight spaces that will comprise the Higher Order immersive dining experience include;

Hydroponic Vodka Lab:

Featuring hydroponic greenery, edible plants and gardens of herbs and moss. This foliage-filled bar embeds the natural world into city nightlife.

Ceremony Room:

A space where food and drink become a vehicle for escapism that showcases a modern take on the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Immersion:

In this moody and sculptural take on a hawker den, a veil of steam creates a hazy, otherworldly atmosphere.

Art:

Feel a sense of calm and serenity wash over you as the mirrored walls and atmospheric lighting set the scene for a delicate interplay between water and light, highlighted by a mesmerising performance on water by an artist dressed in a custom-made ceremonial costume.

Convenience:

An everyday vending machine reimagined to deliver the delicious in a ceramic frank green storage container – designed to last a lifetime and eliminate the need for single use plastics.

Ritual:

Imagine a future where dining experiences can help us to understand and improve our spiritual, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Sustain:

Where the future of food provides delicious food for thought as we consider the challenges of future food security.

Nourish:

We pose a thought about the important social role of food in the future in an increasingly fragmented world. Celebrating connection and ceremony, we construct a dynamic take on communal dining.

As an acoustic accompaniment to each session, a tailor-made soundtrack – with elements of ambient, hip-hop and house music – divulges the journey of produce heroed on Pickett’s menu from the ocean to the bustling metropolis of Melbourne.

This carefully curated dining experience will be running from 10th November – 5th December on Wednesdays through to Sundays only.

To book your spot, follow the link here.