Blacksauce Kitchen created three distinct bites that highlight the sweet, sour, and smoky flavors. All 18 of the writers and visual artists convened at EMP in early May 2015 and met their pairing for the first time. Together, they tasted their assigned flavor profile (three pairs had sweet bites, three pairs had sour bites, and three pairs had smoky bites).
Sweet = Smoked almond blondie
Sour = Pickled asparagus fries
Smoky = Smoked brisket fried rice
The nine acclaimed, emerging and award-winning poets, fiction writers, journalists, and essayists largely based in Baltimore, then wrote short, reactive pieces that are a thousand words or less. All in a unique, original conversation with Blacksauce and their assigned flavor profile. (READ ALL THE WRITING HERE.)
Each written response then went to nine acclaimed, emerging and award-winning visual artists who entered the conversation, too. It is not a dialogue not just with the written work, but also with the food pairing.
At the Call + Response 5 opening on September 11, 2015 at the EMP Collective, the 18 pairs of works will be on display and Blacksauce will serve the bites that inspired the pairings. The audience will be able to experience the flavors that began the conversation.