Dinner Session: Parel Strik + Julija Mockutė

Sun 12 March

Acting as an alternative to the common restaurant, The Grey Space presents a three course meal every Sunday. Creative dishes emerge from our kitchen-studio to the dining space. Guest chefs create inspiring menus, exclusively made for each event.

For this Dinner Session, chefs Parel and Julija focus on ‘home’, asking; What is creating a home? What is being at home? What does a home feel like? Both chefs live away from their old home, so much of their time is spent making and creating a new one. For this dinner, they invite the guests to ponder on what home is and how we create one in precarity. For this Dinner Session, the hosts bring ingredients that make them feel at home and invite the guest to take something home with them. Inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin, who finds that gathering is how humans create a sense of belonging, Parel and Julija come to our kitchen to prepare a two-course meal based on heritage and seasonality, including a starter activity, which turns into a take-home dessert to bring home inside of a gifted embroidered towel.

  • Main – Potato gratin on a bed of spinach, roasted mini cauliflower steaks with a cauliflower puree with tahini, pomegranate, sliced almonds, lemon zest, and mint.
  • Dessert – Sweet yeast dough with flavoured butter.

The menu is in line with the concepts above, and is based on seasonal products in March.

Price: €22

Practical information
  • Doors open at 17.00, Dinner usually starts at 18.30. Upon reserving you will receive more information about the exact time that the first course is served.
  • The courses are served to all guests at the same time, so please arrive on time to assure a full menu’s portion.
  • Payment at the bar (pin only).
  • Students get a 10% discount on drinks.
Parel Strik + Julija Mockutė

Parel (1997, Brussels) is an artist who uses food to foster social interaction: Through immersive experiences, she invites people to challenge norms collectively. She is currently studying a Fine Arts Master at HKU. She graduated in 2022 from Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam in Transformation Design with the project ‘Ingredients of an Encounter’. Julija (1995, Vilnius) is a curator and cook working and living in Rotterdam. Her practice is informed by trauma studies and the politics of labor, with a special interest in feminist and collective memory, and how these themes are reproduced and reflected in contemporary art.

Open Call for Cooks

The concept of our Dinners Sessions is inspired by Gordon Matta-Clarks’ artist-run restaurant FOOD, a project founded in New York in the 1970s. We encourage anyone with an interest in food and a talent for hosting to apply to our Dinner Session’s ongoing Open Call. Not as an exclusionary process; any person who believes they can fill around 30 stomachs, is welcome as chef for the night.

Click the button below to find more information and the application form.