Eating Together


Two experimental dining spaces, located next to each other in a mid-block courtyard, explore the rituals of eating together in 21st century American culture.

Tanám extends the dining timeline to let the stories of the strangers at the table unfold; Saus plays with the sometimes anonymous experience of the American diner counter and the question of eating in public, alone.


A curtain separates guests from the world outside while still allowing for some sense of activity beyond. Portal-windows cut through the deep wall separating kitchen and dining room, framing the preparation space beyond and selectively connecting the activities of the kitchen — also seen as performance — to the space of cultural narrative and eating together.

The dining room makes space for a single performance artist and a single 10-seat table. Tanám is a place for stories that don't often get told, shared by the people who live those stories. Each narrative weaves together food and other artforms to present an experience that allows guests to step out of their restaurant expectations and to consider their own and each other's place within the story, the food system, and our communities. Dynamic lighting, visual screening, and framed focal points increase interior intimacy and temporary separation from the world outside.




Elizabeth Christoforetti, Nathan Fash, and Ningxin Cheng. Lam Partners (lighting design).


Completed, 2019.


The single table is a shared plate where guests gather to eat together on a spread of banana leaves. After dining hours, the table raises on hydraulic legs from dining to bar height to extend the life and culture of the space late into the night.