Dinner Session: Cook of ShadowS

Sun 5 February

Grab a seat at our table and join us for an inspiring evening carefully balancing delicious meals and enlightening conversations. Diverse menus prepared by talented guest chefs and new encounters with those around you, there’s always something new at our Dinner Sessions.

Inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark’s artist-run restaurant FOOD, which flourished in New York in the 1970s, The Grey Space invites artists and food enthusiasts to come and cook affordable meals as a form of artistic and social expression. Each Dinner Session offers something new to discover, with a different guest chef preparing a special menu according to their own concept brought to our kitchen. These Sessions, which encourage communal dining, inspire people from all walks of life to connect and celebrate the joy of being together over a meal.

The cooking duo Cook of ShadowS loves sharing their East Asian culture. Now, it is the case that they are coming to our kitchen to host this Dinner Session on a special date in their culture, as it happens to be the Yuanxiao Festival on the fifth of February. Accordingly, Cook of Shadows prepare a menu that is designed and based on this festival.

The Yuanxiao Festival, also named as the First Full Moon Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival, is held on the 15th day of the 1st month on the Lunar Calendar. This day is the night of the first full moon in the Lunar New Year, which symbolises the arrival of spring. The Chinese traditionally celebrate this day by admiring lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, and eating Yuanxiao. So, for this Dinner Session, Cook of ShadowS cook some comfort food to recreate this united friend and family feeling.


The Yuanxiao Festival-inspired menu is completely vegan and consists of three courses. As a starter, Cook of ShadowS serve ‘Mom’s tomato ‘lump’ soup’, a classic homemade tomato soup with flour dough flakes. The combination of sourness, sweetness, and pungency will awaken the appetite and chase away the cold. For the main, they cook ‘The Earthy Trio’, a dish consisting of fried potatoes, peppers, and eggplants with thick savoury sauce, which match perfectly with the rice that is served on the side. Finally, ‘Moon Yuanxiao’, glutinous rice balls stuffed with sweet sesame paste, served in a hot sweet soup, is served as a dessert.

Price: €22

Practical information
  • Doors open at 17.00, Dinner starts at 18.30. The courses are served to all guests at the same time, so please arrive by 18:30 to assure a full menu’s portion.
  • Payment at the bar (pin only).
  • Students get 10% discount on the drink menu.
  • Reservations: via reservations@thegreyspace.net. Please mention your name, the amount of guests and the date. Upon reserving you will receive more information about the exact time that the first course is served.
Cook of ShadowS

Cook of ShadowS, a Netherlands-based Chinese and Taiwanese cooking duo formed by alternative electronic music producer/performer Peishan Xu (SHAN) and creative director, designer, musician, and performer Ko-Yu (Sara) Huang.

Aiming to share the passed down grandmas’ recipes, they believe food, just like music and art are not only a presentation of passion for life, but also a carrier for the organic integration of different regional cultures and personal life stories. Alongside using their music and artworks resonating with the public, Cook of ShadowS often cook for friends to show their affection and experience cultural differences.

Open Call for Cooks

For our Dinner Sessions, we’re always looking for cooking enthusiasts, artists, or other humans with a passion and talent for food. Feel welcome to reach out to us! Some experience with preparing food for – and serving to – larger (30+) groups is required.

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