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Do You Eat Like a Soviet or an American?
1920s Secret Soviet Dinner @ Kitchen Party, May 2013, picture by Natasha Nestman
It might sound silly that a spy has to go through dinner training, but the way you eat can say a lot about who you are. It is 1959, and the Cold War is at its peak. As a spy in training, you will be expected to learn all the proper table manners and customs to pass off as either an American or a Soviet citizen. This will include how to handle a drink, how to propose a toast. Will you be dining on a slow cooked Russian Revels burger or Better Crocker cakes? It is all down to your demeanour.
The Russian Revels, Katrina and Karina have a pop-up restaurant in Pushkin House. The home of high quality Russian Culture can be found on Bloomsbury Square, and is a place where you can quite literally get a taste of Russia. The restaurant is more than just a place to eat. It also features immersive theatre through roleplay. And you are a character in the story.
Their latest event will be on the 21st & 22nd March and tickets costs £48.40. During spy training you will get to nibble on zakuski (Russian hors d'oeuvres), then for the mains, try some specialty burgers and kolbasnye izdeliya (special farm-made sausages). Dessert is Eskimo ice cream.