As we continue to do our part to flatten the curve and physically distance, it’s natural for our minds to wander to the simple pleasures that we perhaps took for granted before this all began.
Mediamatic, an art centre and venue located in Amsterdam, is providing residents with the wonderful opportunity to venture out of their homes and into one of its “quarantine greenhouses” to enjoy a four-course plant-based meal.
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“In these times, we are reinspired by contamination precautions and the redesign of togetherness,” the venue explains in a post, published in Dutch on its website. “Our greenhouses protect you from the outside and others while offering you a unique experience of intimate dining.”
The initiative is called Serres Séparées, which from French translates to “Separate Greenhouses.” The reason it has a French name is that, in various dining establishments, separate rooms are traditionally called Chambre séparée, which translates to “separate room.”
“It suggests a sexy kind of intimacy, here things can happen that should remain hidden from plain sight and not be heard by all,” the post continues. “We’ve decided to name our greenhouses in French too. Although what happens inside will be a lot more public…”
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The “quarantine greenhouses” are currently sold out until the end of June. However, patrons can sign up for the Mediamatic newsletter to be among the first to hear of any openings and available reservations.
Telephone reservations are not available for this event, the venue’s website explains.
The “quarantine greenhouses” fit two people and are recommended only for people that are already cohabiting. If you would like to include an additional person, the establishment will issue a €40 (CAD $61) charge at the door.
If diners would like to participate in this unique experience by themselves, Mediamatic will instead implement a €40 discount.
Guests can book their desired date and time online from 6 pm to 8:30 pm or 8:30 pm to 11 pm.
The initiative is contingent on receiving permission from local and national authorities. Should these permissions not be granted, guests will receive a full refund.