LAPIN KULTA SOLAR KITCHEN
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2 $30
In this pop-up restaurant, food is cooked purely by solar energy. Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi leads the endeavor, which is equal parts gourmet eatery, enviro-friendly experiment and gastronomic art project. Melasniemi says solar heat affects the taste and texture of dishes in a surprising and positive way, producing a new experience for diners.
Depending on the day's sunshine, the nature-driven kitchen will be able to serve a solar barbecue, meals prepared at lower temperatures, or salads. The restaurant will test diners' flexibility: A cloud could change the course of lunch!
Space is limited for Saturday's lunch: Make reservations by calling (907) 929-9210.
Antto Melasniemi has opened solar kitchens around the world: Watch a video about his pop-up solar kitchen in Milan here.
Museum visitors can observe solar kitchen construction and ask questions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 1 on the museum lawn. Anyone interested in volunteering to help construct the solar kitchen can email Julie Decker.