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Let the food speak during silent dining experience at downtown restaurant

Food Speak happening at The Cedar Nest March 6
The Cedar Nest owner Suzette Peters (left) and Earthdancers artistic director Denise Vitali. (Heather Green-Oliver/

Suzette Peters' love for dining in solitude has inspired her latest unique culinary event.

Peters, who owns The Cedar Nest café in Sudbury's downtown, plans to bring guests an “emotional experience” through music, food and dance on March 6. 

The event is called Food Speak: La Nourriture Parle.

Guests will dine in silence for one hour. The only sound will be the classical music, which Peters hopes will guide her guests into a mindfulness state. 

"I just wanted people to be able to sit in silence and let the food speak to them," Peters said. 

"I want to try and evoke certain emotions with different tastes and different flavours and lightness of food."

To help keep sounds to a minimum, Peters has planned a menu that requires guests to eat with their hands - no noisy cutlery that could cause distraction. 
Guests will be seated with space between them in the perimeter of the room to allow for the Earthdancers to perform.

"I thought of the Earthdancers because I felt there was something very organic and natural about how they flow through the music."

While careful thought is being put into creating a menu that will evoke the journey - Earthdancers artistic director Denise Vitali said the choreography will be more spontaneous.

"Those are the best moments," Vitali said. "The dancers will have to stay connected to the surroundings and engage the music.

"I think it will work beautifully."

Food Speak takes place March 6 at The Cedar Nest.

The silent portion of the evening will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to socialize afterwards and talk about their experience.

Seating is limited. Tickets cost $50 per person with a portion of the sales going to support the Earthdancers. 

Tickets can be purchased online or by phoning 705-561-5925.


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