Nothing Says Appetizing Like Freeze-Dried Mice Holding Champagne
December 11, 2017 7:42 PM   Subscribe

 
This is gateway stuff. You start with some cute placeholders and before you know it you’ve gone full Janice Poon.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:10 PM on December 11, 2017 [8 favorites]


This was always my favorite thing at the LA County Fair. They used to have like 50 or more tables on display, rotating every week to different categories, now they only have maybe 20 for the whole run.
posted by ApathyGirl at 8:17 PM on December 11, 2017


From Parasite Unseen's link: "I was required to substantiate to the PETA representative that the oysters were not suffering as they sat on their half-shells on trays of ice during filming."

okay.
posted by AFABulous at 8:20 PM on December 11, 2017 [3 favorites]


Obligatory.
posted by davejay at 8:44 PM on December 11, 2017 [8 favorites]


I remember being really impressed with the leaping roasted rabbits from that scene, so it payed off I guess. But I sincerely hope that's the ASPCA or somebody else respectable and not PeTA doing the oversight.
posted by traveler_ at 8:53 PM on December 11, 2017 [1 favorite]


I know it from my county fairs, too. I don't know if the number of contestants has changed that much over the years, but they do only do one place setting with a centerpiece and etc., not a whole table. I love it when people invent incredibly arcane shit to do.
posted by rhizome at 9:16 PM on December 11, 2017


Would the "menu" on these tables list normal food, or would it be equally extravagant?
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:36 PM on December 11, 2017


Freeze-Dried Mice Holding Champagne

Poor Frankie and Benjy...
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:38 PM on December 11, 2017 [2 favorites]


Would the "menu" on these tables list normal food, or would it be equally extravagant?

I'm sure it depends on the region, the tastes of the contestants, and the kind of contest, but at my county fair it was generally "nice restaurant" type stuff. No experimental dishes that don't exist. No sorrel.
posted by rhizome at 11:24 PM on December 11, 2017


But I like sorrel. Are you saying that it's too experimental, or that it wouldn't be served at a nice restaurant?

I mean, if I were going with the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea theme I would have a seafood menu, probably duplicating the one I seem to recall Nemo himself serving to his guests; while Alice in Wonderland would start with little appetisers marked "Eat Me" and "Drink Me", move on to Mock Turtle Soup, and then by stages to plum pudding. And so forth. A "normal" menu just shows a lack of imagination.
posted by Joe in Australia at 1:29 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Has anyone told The Bloggess because I feel like his is made for her and would result in comedy GOLD.
posted by Faintdreams at 1:42 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


This is fascinating, but a bit lost on me in terms of aesthetic appeal. Most look very cluttered, and presenting each table so close to each other, and being photographed in bad lighting, seems to take away from whatever mood or theme is being evoked in the table.
posted by alexlaw at 6:43 AM on December 12, 2017 [7 favorites]


Agreed. This, for example, is just a pile of junk that happens to include a couple plates and napkins.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


To be sure, the subculture doesn't exclude Rococo.
posted by rhizome at 10:20 AM on December 12, 2017


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