So there you are, 150 feet above the ocean and the Queen Mary, dangling while you… Enjoy a fine dining experience?
Yup, the famed Dinner in the Sky, an aerial dining experience that takes place way, way, way above ground level, is hitting Long Beach and it plans to float diners above the famed DTLB ship.
Launched in Belgium in 2006 before swiftly bringing its gravity-defying dinners to cities around the world—from Rome to Athens, Kuala Lumpur to Cape Town—Dinner in the Sky will makes its Long Beach debut August 15 and run until September 14, with each day providing three time slots for dinner (6:30PM, 8PM, and 9:30PM). Once in the air, a small staff will serve a four- or five-course meal (depending on which package you choose) cooked up by Chef Keven Lee, whose creations are described as an eclectic version of classical French/Mediterranean with strong Pacific Rim and Asian influences.
The contraption used to lift folks looks a space ship ride of sorts at a theme park, complete with diners strapped into bucket seats and a waitstaff securely fastened with harnesses. And if you have to go the bathroom, you better hope you did it before being lifted.
The cost of eating in the sky? Not cheap: the whole experience starts off at $399.95 (four courses and a single glass of champagne). Business Class ($699.95) and First Class ($999.95) at least provide the privilege of a limitless champagne pour in the lounge on the ground along with an additional course. Only First Class guests will get free endless pours while in the sky. (Let’s hope it’s at least Perrier-Jouet with that price tag.)