The first Canadian pop-up of Dinner Time Stories, presented by HEXO, opens on Sep. 29 through Nov. 25 in downtown Toronto at Katana (333 Bay St.). Elevated by cutting-edge 3D technology, the immersive dining experience takes guests on an adventure with Le Petit Chef, making his way along the historic route of Marco Polo on the Silk Road. Combined with a refined six-course menu of international cuisine, the production delivers an unforgettable journey around the world in two hours.
Brought to life in Toronto by The Substance Group and Go West Creative, the show sets the tone for the evening with music, table patterns, props and decorations, all changing with the chapters of the story. Once guests take their seats, they are introduced to the hero of the story, Le Petit Chef, who comes to life onto their plates. Through 3D digital mapping, Le Petit Chef embarks on his travels in a projection timed to be perfectly in sync with each course.
“When I was first introduced to the Dinner Time Stories concept, I was completely blown away by the extraordinary technology, unmatched service and absolutely delicious food that draws you into the world of Le Petit Chef,” says Neil Forester, owner of The Substance Group. “There is a huge appetite for something like this in Toronto and I am thrilled to lead the team that is bringing Dinner Time Stories to the city.”
Besides the captivating visual element, the show’s six-course menu is created behind-the-scenes by catering leaders 10tation and Chef Bashir Munye, taking diners along a unique exploration of flavours. Le Petit Chef begins his culinary exploits with an amuse bouche of ratatouille, a French classic from his hometown of Marseille. As he continues on his travels, he makes his way through the desert and into the hills of the Himalayan Mountains, savouring cuisine from North Africa and India before ending with a selection of dishes from China. For the final course, Le Petit Chef creates his favourite dessert from Marseille, infused with elements and ingredients he has collected from his adventures across the world.
First launched in Dubai by Belgium-based creators Skullmapping and producer Nadine Beshir, Dinner Time Stories has left guests in awe throughout the Arabian Gulf, Europe and its only other North American presentation in Nashville. Since its inception, the engaging creativity of Le Petit Chef has rendered Dinner Time Stories a viral internet sensation with hundreds of millions of views around the world on YouTube and social media.
The show runs Friday through Sunday from Sep. 29 to Nov. 25, 2018, with two seatings nightly. Corporate buyouts are available weekly on Mondays beginning Oct. 1. Weekday (Friday and Monday) dinners are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., with weekend (Saturday and Sunday) reservations at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person, with wine pairing packages available, and are on sale to the public beginning July 25 at dinnertimestories.eventbrite.ca. For groups of 10 or more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.