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Lasers, Cocktails, and a Tattooed Turkey: A Per La Mente Holiday Dinner


Oriana Leckert | November 20, 2017
Michael Cirino brings together a series of multimedia interventions to turn a holiday meal into a high-tech work of collaborative art.

Find other great libations at Taste | Fernet-Branca

Here at Per La Mente, we’re all about spotlighting creators. So we worked with creative culinary experience designer Michael Cirino of A Razor / A Shiny Knife — whom you may recognize from his delightful dalliance with drones — to make a whole new kind of high-tech yet harmonious holiday dinner.

It was a joyful celebratory evening, a convergence of interdisciplinary creators using food as a canvas, leveraging technology, music, and art to interplay with some of the traditional food associated with the season.

From Alejandra Sacasa’s laser-etched rolls and pies to Justin Bolognino’s cocktail overlay app to Jessica Mascitti’s terrific tattooed turkey, the meal was filled with a potluck sense of creativity: talented artists sharing their tricks, their triumphs, and of course their delicious treats. It was a delightful dinner and a warm, wonderful experience that was much more visceral than a simple meal.


Happy holidays from all of us at Per La Mente! May your days be full of creativity, collaboration, and plenty of lasers.

To try more unique cocktails, head to Taste | Fernet-Branca

All photos by Alyssa Laurel Ringler

Oriana Leckert is a writer, editor, cultural hipstorian [sic], and the author of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity. Her writing has appeared on Slate, Atlas Obscura, New York Post, Matador, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Curbed, Brooklyn Magazine, Brooklyn Based, and more.


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