Dali Museum hosts food exhibit

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is hosting an interactive food exhibit featuring Spanish chef Ferran Adria’s work.

Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food is a combination of photos, videos, multimedia projections and food that express visual cultures and the natural beauty of the world.

“He’s been called the Salvador Dali of the kitchen because he transforms things like Salvador Dali does,” said Hank Hine, the Dali Museum director. “He wants to liberate people to become as innovative as they can be to recreate their lives.”

In one of his pieces, Adria replicated a meteor entering the earth’s atmosphere with an array of nuts and meringue.

Visitors are invited to taste examples of traditional Spanish cuisine, including as Ibérico ham, as part of the exhibit.

“It’s a different kind of art exhibit,” said Hine. “Art and food are both tools for human beings to kind of understand their world.”

The exhibit also features tableware and serve-ware designed by Adria and food-inspired paintings and flatware created by Dali.

Dali and Adria resided closely to each other in Spain, and the exhibit features a map of the country. It also shows the history between Adria and his inspiration through Dali’s work.

Seven of St. Petersburg’s leading restaurants are collaborating with the museum and Adria’s exhibit to put on dinners for the public.

The exhibit is open until Nov. 27. For more information, visit www.baynews9.com.