One week previous to today, we traipsed down to the Oberon to descend into the Nine Rings of Hell, and eat tasty food accompanying it. This O.N.C.E event was mentioned during our first O.N.C.E. event, and we have been waiting on the edge of our seats for this event.
We did not take pictures at the event, preferring to respect the actors and kitchen by enjoying the food and entertainment. Suffice to say, it was incredibly fun and the food was really good. We had oysters for the first time, saw the best renditions of the circles of hell ever and ate really good food. Here is our menu:
The first course was novel in that we had oysters for the first time, eaten with a wonderfully lusty presentation of the glamour of passion. The second course, gluttony, we had a line dance, lots of baked beans and ribs, and a show by Cerberus, the three-headed monster that guards the gluttonous. A trio of men, dressed in goggles and black garbage bag diapers of sorts, reveling in the leftovers of our beans and ribs to Brittany Spear’s “Gimme More”. Divinity in Hell. Avarice was a game show, where you could squander or hoard your “prizes”. In the end, we all won really good polenta and some of the best apple sauce ever. Wrath was a little unnerving, with angry wait staff fighting, and an MC who really didn’t care. Heresy, which was represented by ‘false religion’ teaching about a lack of afterlife, was delicious. I wanted more lobster. Violence I don’t remember well, except that the beet soup was mystifyingly clear and utterly delicious. The pate de fraud gras had the most humorous exemplification of the industrial meat system possible.
Our favorite was Treachery. Happy little pastries stuffed with a chicken salad-type mixture, served in happy little packages to the most god-awful annoying song. There were even little entertainment booklets to keep us busy! Kudos to the progenitor of this idea.
As before, JJ and crew did a fabulous job, despite the hell it is to make Hell happen. If you want to know the nitty gritty, JJ has a wonderful blog post about the work that goes into these types of events. Let it be known, JJ, we appreciate ever dish, every idea and your entire purpose and being. Hopefully, our schedule will not have something else happening at the same time as every O.N.C.E. event for a while.
Again, Happy Hallowe’en, scare safely!