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Dining in the Skies


Thu 3 Dec 2015, 6:30pm–11:30pm

Where: MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology), 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Per Person: $125.00
  • Per Table of 10: $1,125.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Vanessa Hefer

Dining in the Skies is a fundraising dinner for the restoration of the world's only remaining Solent Mark IV Flying Boat 'Aranui'.

Be immersed in the era of the flying boat while you enjoy a three course meal featuring dishes from the airline menus of the past. All the while surrounded by MOTAT's fine aviation collection, including the Solent Flying Boat itself.

Richard Foss, a California based journalist, author, culinary historian and lecturer will be the guest speaker at this elegant black-tie gala event. He will be discussing his recently released book, “Food In The Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies”.

This book is the first to explore the intricacies of in-flight dining from 1783 to the present day, aboard balloons, zeppelins, land-based aircraft, flying boats, jets and spacecraft. It charts the ways in which commercial travellers were lured to try flying with the promise of familiar foods, explains the problems of each aerial environment and how chefs, engineers, and flight crew adapted to them, and tells the stories of pioneers in the field. The history is surprising and sometimes humorous—at times some ridiculous ideas were tried. It’s an engrossing story with quite a few twists and turns, and this book tells it with a light touch.

Highlights of the night include:
Silent and Live Auctions
Guest Speaker: Richard Foss
Book Launch
3-course meal from airline menus of the past

Show your support by purchasing tickets and play a vital role in helping MOTAT restore the world's only remaining Solent MKIV Flying Boat to its former glory!

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