Tate Modern Special event

Garden of Adonis: dinner event Designed and hosted by Gayle Chong Kwan

Gayle Chong Kwan

For the final event in the Museum Restaurant dinner series, Tate is collaborating with London-based artist Gayle Chong Kwan. For this unique artist dinner Gayle invites guests to create an artwork together in the form of a communal sensory 'Garden of Adonis', through sharing dishes cooked using herbs and spices grown in local community gardens, which is based on the role of spices and sensuality in the ancient Greek Festival of Adonia, and the culinary history of her own Scottish and Chinese-Mauritian heritage as well as the Tate chefs with whom she is collaborating. Guests will each receive a specially created limited-edition artwork - a 'Garden of Adonis Award of Merit'.

Artist's biography

Gayle Chong Kwan exhibits and publishes internationally. She works with photography, installation, video, sound, and on public projects to create mise-en-scene landscapes, contemporary archaeologies and environments from waste products, packaging, food remains and documentary sources.

Event timings:

18.30 Private view of Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art
19.30 Dinner in Starr Auditorium Foyer, Level 1
22.00 Conclusion

The dinner consists of three courses. A vegetarian option is available. Please advise on booking. 



  • Mauritian gateaux piments (vegetarian) served in lettuce beds with chinese rice wine vinegar and fresh chilli
  • Mauritian ginger beef balls served in lettuce beds with chinese rice wine vinegar and fresh chilli


  • Five spice crackling pork with basmati rice
  • Daube de Choufleur with basmati rice (vegetarian)


  • Melon salad

Wine will be served with dinner.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

16 September 2013 at 18.30–22.00

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