Sounds crazy, and it is. Six years ago, a child’s dream of a flying dinner table was fulfilled and suddenly the idea for Dinner in the Sky (http://www.dinnerinthesky.com) was born. Based in Brussels, an events planner and an amusement park bungee installer got together and conceived of having an elegant dinner party 150 feet in the sky with fancy meals prepared by top chefs. A special platform with seating for 22 was constructed, which then got lifted into the sky with a giant crane complete with guests, a waiter, a chef and an entertainer. The idea was such a success that it has become a regular affair, and the dinners are such special occasions they sell out as fast as they are announced.
One of the most unique features about dining in the sky concept is that it can be transported wherever you want. In the six years since its inception, co-developer Stefan Kerkhofs has designed floating dinner tables in over 40 countries where the world’s top chefs jump at the chance to prepare meals 150 feet in the sky. The group has recently returned from a world tour for a stint back in Brussels with seven of Brussels’ top chefs. Businesses interested in unusual marketing fill a big part of the schedule. Creative companies the world over have used the concept to launch products and reward their teams with aerial dinners, parties and poker tournaments in the sky. The bottom of the platform can be covered with the company logo, and of course, there are always television cameras present to provide additional free advertising for the business name they see from below. Pretty clever marketing.
The crazy looking table has been seen at hundreds of famous landmarks around the world, including a lunch over the Great Wall of China, a New Year’s Eve party above the strip in Las Vegas, and at a very lucky kid’s Bar Mitzvah above Jerusalem. Creator David Ghysels says “People want to be able to tell their friends that they have done something incredible, unique.” An expert at extravagance, Ghysels has orchestrated close to 1000 events around the world and now has permanent units in several countries. Cost ranges from about $350 to $500 per person depending on the location. There is no word on what happens when you drop a fork. Or a shoe.