The “Festin de Babette” benefit supper took place last November to raise funds on behalf of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation to support Dr. Andréa C. LeBlanc’s research on Alzheimer’s as well as the Memory Clinic.
On the menu: Babette’s Feast, inspired by the well-known book and movie, but reinterpreted for the evening by great Montreal chefs, who treated guests to a sumptuous meal.
The evening’s theme was purposely interwoven with an unsettling sense of confusion. First, through the souvenir book, the evening’s showcase piece. From one page to the next, the team created an increasingly confusing experience to reflect the reality of someone suffering from the disease that gradually robs the person of their memory. Repetition of words. Tricks with page numbers. Insertion of spaces and blank pages. One, two, then three. Photos of chefs improperly buttoned up, absent gazes, unkempt hair. A pot that is overflowing, wine in a tea cup… As the reader approaches the end, the more disorganized the content becomes.