It is not just dining; it’s an experience. It is not just tasting, but engaging all your senses. Participating is not what you expect, utensils and applications are not typical. This is not one plate, fork and knife comfort food. This is multiple tiny surprises that culminate into anticipated pleasure. There is no monotony; there is anxiousness and excitement. The end result is like leaving a play of many acts or a gallery of gorgeous paintings, thus resulting in an appreciation for art and a new pleasure found. The added benefit is not being hungry.
The more expensive a meal is, the more hands have touched every component of the plate. There is so much attention to detail and delicate preparation; then meticulous plating. The people that work in this line of cuisine have a considerably higher appreciation for food than a minimum wage worker of a chain restaurant. I would like to believe there is a similar theme from the movie Like Water for Chocolate. The young female chef in the movie moves through various emotions during the plot, all the while, the diners of each meal she makes invariably experience the same emotions. (go directly to the blog to view the gallery of pictures)