It all started back in 2016 when the power went out in Copenhagen. Matt Orlando and the team at Amass had 60 guests to feed but no power. Instead of giving up, they leaned in and ended up creating a truly memorable dining experience.
The year after, Amass decided to launched his first Black Out Dinner, inviting various guest chefs from Brighton, Paris and Copenhagen. What started as an individual event has now blossomed into a collaborative effort between various Berlin kitchens and their chefs. Horvath, Mrs. Robinson, Herz & Niere, Lode & Stjin, Berlin Cuisine and Nobelhart & Schmutzig will all be cooking together for the evening, sans power.
This means no electricity in the kitchen (we'll be working with fire) or overhead for the lights (break out the candles). Nor will there be juice for the amplifiers, speakers and music. And no photographers.
But Berlin wouldn't be Berlin without music. Frank Wiedemann, co-owner of Berlin's fabled "Innervisions" label, will offering a curated selection of sounds for the evening.
On tap is an evening without power in the former heating plant; a family-style event with cuisine from the minds at Horvath, Mrs. Robinson, Lode & Stjin, Herz & Niere, Berlin Cuisine and Nobelhart & Schmutzig. Matching beverages & service from the best restaurants in the city. A curated selection of music from Frank Wiedemann. Decoration by Blumen Marsano. Bread from Domberger Brot and beer from the Kreativbrauer Deutschlands. And as a special treat: guests will be served using 2 plates from the world-famous Porzellanmanufaktur Meissen. The company's plates are hand crafted and painted, just as they have been for centuries.
Please note: no mobile phones or cameras will be allowed on this evening. We also will be unable to accommodate for allergies for this particular event. There will however be a sufficient choice of vegetarian fare and smoking is allowed at the tables.
Cooking without power means truly getting back to basics. Yet there is something about that process that lends a special aura to the food. During this evening without electricity we'd like to draw attention to Earth Hour, to be held on March 30, 2019 between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time.
Earth Hour is a global climate initiative that encourages citizens, entire cities and organizations throughout the world to turn off their electric lights for one hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time. It is intended as a signal for governments, legislators and politicians around the world that concrete steps against climate change are needed.
At Horvath, Mrs. Robinson, Herz & Niere, Lode & Stjin, Berlin Cuisine and Nobelhart & Schmutzig we challenge ourselves every day to work harder to protect the environment. This includes cutting down on how much waste we produce while cooking, buying our products from local suppliers and reusing water whenever possible. We believe that Earth Hour is an important and effective way to influence our politicians and to encourage companies (both restaurants and others) to work more sustainably.
Each of the aforementioned restaurants will of course all be turning off their lights for an hour on March 30, 2019.