AST X WeWork Gathering Oct'17
Art Should Tempt (AST) hosted its first gathering in association with WeWork, that included the launch of an Express print edition and exhibited the work of six creatives who had been chosen for the publication - including a display to please one’s olfactory senses, gourmet food and signature cocktails.
Bombay Perfumery experiments with fragrances that represent Indian ethnicity and induce nostalgia - the quest they had laid down asked us to match the showcased ingredients with essences in beakers. The sheer curiosity resulted in an engaging endeavour, leading to introductions and conversations.
Signature cocktails were crafted by Pernod Ricard and Drinq, and White Owl offered varieties of craft beer for a good measure of necessary youthfulness.
The menu was specially curated for the gathering by Silverspoon Gourmet and The Curry Brothers to be an experience in itself. We had cold beetroot cream cheese crepe, jalapeño and corn finger sandwiches, harissa chicken skewers, Goan kaldeen khowsuey and Goan Xacuti slider. There was also a beautifully curated cheese platter by The Cheese Collective. Aged cheddar, seasoned chèvre, Brie, cranberries nuts and crackers.
It was an easy evening. Invitees started flowing in as the clock struck 5:30 PM, and a happy buzz had enveloped the spacious venue by the time talks were supposed to start. Food and drinks, along with long laid out tables provided a comfortable setting. Ambient lighting and handpicked jazz added to the characteristic vibe.
Dr. Marcus Ranney shared a futuristic perspective on human wellness, and we witnessed the launch of At the Human Edge, a web series being developed in association with AST. Manan Gandhi took us through the making of Bombay Perfumery’s fine perfumes, sharing how natural ingredients result in bottled delights. In a fireside chat with Ravi Vazirani, AST asked all the hard questions on intimate home decor, his disarming answers threw light on the art. Ruchita Shah shared honest insights on building authentic communities, stressing how honest communication can replace an unnecessary pedestal.
Once the Express print edition was unveiled amidst an applause, our patrons stepped into the conversations again. One could spot an odd investment banker in a keen conversation with a musician. An established landscape photographer sharing notes with a filmmaker. A writer understanding the nuances of serving food from the chef himself. The evening dissolved into a night, a natural closure for the community’s first AST experience.