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What Makes a Fine Dining Experience?
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What Makes a Fine Dining Experience?

To celebrate our new fine dining community of food enthusiasts, we asked our friends to answer a simple question: what makes a fine dining experience?

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What defines a fine dining experience? We’re curious to hear your answers as well...

«A tablecloth in slightly rough, white cotton, a nice glass of red wine glinting in the light, a dish of well-prepared fish and a vegetable or two. A ritual of delicate, intense pleasure» 
Aldo Cibic, Architect and Designer, Italy 
«A vision to behold, a symphony of harmonious scents with textures that simultaneously challenge and soothe, leaving you both satisfied and longing for more» 
Amanda Evans, Research Scientist, USA 
«It’s all about the atmosphere. My most memorable fine dining experience was sitting on a boat in the middle of Halong Bay, Vietnam, eating small portions but many dishes of some of the best food I’ve ever been served, all coming from the tiniest, most charming kitchen I’ve ever seen» 
Kim-Joar Myklebust, Industrial Design Student, Norway 
«Fine dining makes me think of my grandfather, as he was the one to encourage me to try all kinds of new food when I was a child. Whenever I enjoy a meal I think of him and thank him for showing me how to eat well» 
Analis Labat, International Business Development, Spain
«A perfect dinner in two: me, and a good cook» 
Erik Garaventa, Creative Director, Italy/Norway 
«Glasses filled with wine, tables set with cheese and cold cuts. And most importantly, the company of friends» 
Emma Santacana, Engineer, Spain 
«A fine dining experience is a special and unique moment in which even a small desire is fulfilled; it’s any circumstance that allows me to enjoy delicate food in harmony with my body and soul» 
Marco G.Fiorini, Aeronautical Engineer, Argentina 
«For me, a true fine dining experience must include some eye-widening element of surprise. Something in the menu, the presentation, the atmosphere and the flavours should startle my senses into paying undivided attention to the moment. If a dish can make me laugh out loud, in amused stupefaction and delight, I consider myself finely dined» 
Laurel Evans, Cookbook Author and Food Writer, USA 
«Fine dining comes from the warmth of the setting and the care taken by the chef. It means that if there is butter, it is room-temperature and ready to spread on bread» 
Alexandler Stadler, Illustrator, USA
«A small, cosy atmosphere accompanied by few original flavours prepared with fresh ingredients» 
Aliki Zachariadi, Designer, Greece
«Though service is key, aesthetics are paramount. It does not need to be a gold leaf haven, or a bauhaus mecca, it just needs to have a consistent theme. Good dining is arguably widely available, but fine dining suggests all of the design details are complete. For me, especially, exquisite cutlery is the icing on the cake»
Daron D'Souza, High Tech Executive & Photographer, Canada
«Fine dining could be compared to site-specific art: it only makes sense if you are in a very specific place with its characteristic colours, smells and sounds, as well as its people, and it loses its meaning if one of these elements are taken away»
Larissa Francez Zarpelon, Architect, Brazil
«A fine dining experience means that everything and everyone meets in perfect harmony. Sugar and salt, sweet and sour. A factory worker, an intellectual, an actor, a comedian, a bimbo, a handsome man, a not so handsome man. A fine dining experience means eating a little of everything and matching things in the most refined way»
Acelya Yonac, Creative Writer, Turkey
And now you: what makes a fine dining experience? Share your opinion!
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