On a warm summer evening, you might see a strange sight - a group of people are eating a fancy outdoor dinner while enjoying the beautiful view around them. What's so strange about that? The diners and their food are dangling from a crane!
This is Dinner in the Sky, a dining experience that began when a Belgian man named David Ghysels wanted to give his daughter a grand birthday party. He had the idea of a party in the air, but he didn’t know how it could be done. Then he met Stefan Kerkhoffs, the owner of The Fun Group, a business specializing in extreme attractions. Stefan came up with the idea of a platform dangling from a crane. David and Stefan added a table and installed special seats around it. They left a space in the middle of the platform for a chef and a few servers, and their restaurant was ready to take off. Since then, Dinner in the Sky has visited many countries, treating hundreds of guests to fine food and lovely views. The guests arrive in limousines at the launch site. After everybody is strapped into their seats, the crane hoists the platform 180 feet into the air! Once the table has stopped moving, a four course dinner is served, prepared by a famous chef from that country. Of course, this all comes with a high price tag: Dinner in the Sky can cost up to $500 per person. Another problem is that there is no bathroom on board. Guests are “strongly encouraged” to use the bathroom before they go up - if they don’t, they’ll just have to wait until their dinner comes back down to earth!