‘Queer Dinners’ event comes to Bristol and promises an immersive dining experience
Bristol is a city well known for many good things, and its great food scene and wonderful diversity are just two. Jasmine Creusson, a resident of Bristol, is well immersed in the two communities and plans to unite them.
‘Queer Dinners’ is a brand new event that aims to support the Queer community, acting as a safe space for the community to come together. During the lockdown, Jasmine found that she and her friends, peers and collaborators were missing the queer space, which was often focused on hanging out and dancing, which throughout the pandemic was not a option, leaving many feeling isolated.
Speaking to Bristol Live, Jasmine said: ‘I missed that space and it made me realize that there is no other space for us that exists outside where this stage is. drunk, “not to say I don’t like it but it would be nice to reconnect and get together and talk about queer issues and queer experiences.”
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Before the pandemic, Jasmine was working on a different project called four, which she said Bristol Live was not only inspired by because it’s the French word for four, but also because she used four participants and their stories. .
“It was going to be cheese and wine-based. There was going to be ten artists who were going to create works around it, but it all fell apart. After that, it didn’t seem right, it didn’t seem to have had a lot of emotion,” she said.
And so, Jasmine decided to work on something new. Having worked as a chef for many years as well as a degree in performance and visual arts, she decided to combine her passions to create a safe space for the Queer community.
“Besides cooking, I also do a lot of theater-type things, but after I graduate, it’s very difficult to find a job, especially in the arts, and we all have to pay rent. I have always loved food and it’s hard to look at side-lines, having always thought I’d like to do that.
“I grew up in rural France and was always surrounded by the ‘grow your own way of life, kill it, cook it, eat it’ lifestyle. It’s always been part of me, so I joined Watershed as part of a food and technology residency, and I was able to merge the two practices,” Creusson told Bristol Live.
The goal of Queer Dinners is not only to provide a great meal, but also to create a community and a space of closeness between the participants. “My work is much more intimate now. I use people’s stories and the stories I tell are quite personal to the participant. I also use comedy in my work. I also like to make my work multi-sensory,” said she added.
“Diners can expect great produce. Top quality for a steal price. I deliberately underprice my events because I feel like if I can’t afford my own event, then why the I say. I want a young and older audience but overall, accessible to all. Although this is fine dining, there won’t be a price tag. You can expect quality food. handmade quality, with local suppliers used whenever possible.
Jasmine uses Rare Butchers in Southville, Somerset, Westcombe Dairy, Bristol’s Harts Bakery and Hugo’s Greengrocer, as well as food harvested and grown by herself. “I will be using edible flowers grown on an organic flower farm in Devon and others that I have grown myself,” she shared.
Creusson has a passion for using locally sourced foods, as well as the environment, which drives his passion for foraging and growing his own food. “In some of the places I’ve worked and I’ve worked in very large restaurants, the practices that I prefer are most definitely around local producers and not having everything available all the time and that’s a practice that we all need to get involved with,” she added.
“It challenges you as a chef and forces you to be more creative. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that you’re limited, you have to use whatever is available. And growing your own food can be very rewarding. , I haven’t found gooseberries anywhere and I know they are delicious, but unless you have a bush you are unlikely to find them.
“Then in Poundland I found a gooseberry twig and I was like it couldn’t grow, then two years later I had these amazing rare red berries. If things are always available when you want them, it doesn’t challenge you and there’s an element of expectation.”
There are also personal motivations behind Jasmine’s choices, such as her childhood in rural France. “We were sustainable because of poverty and my mother literally grew the vegetables that fed us. She cooked over open fires because she had no gas or central heating, so going back to basics is very familiar to me. .
“In modern society we have access to everything and think that faster and faster is better, but it’s not always with food and we’ve lost touch with the fact that the instantaneous element and faster isn’t best. So for Queer Dinners a lot of the produce I’ll be using is grown and harvested.”
Jasmine confirmed that the focus of this event will be bisexuality, saying “Bisexual erasure is something that often doesn’t get talked about, but it’s an issue for the queer community, so I’m going to use my stories and the other people’s experiences.”
However, she wants Queer Dinners to get the support and funding to host many more events. “I’m hoping to get arts council funding to help me move forward and do more of these events as I already have a lot of attendees who want to collaborate on the next event.
“It’s a lot of work because I’m creating a show and content as well as food. It really is a labor of love and often my time is irrelevant to it. My early events were voluntary as they were self-funded but I want to pay my people and pay them a good salary.”
Jasmine’s main goal for Queer Dinners is not only to create amazing food and an immersive experience, but also to create a space where the community can really enjoy themselves. “I want the audience to feel like they can open up, we can talk about ourselves and the challenges we have and dissect a few things that are never talked about around amazing food, laughs and stories.”
Although the event prioritizes the Queer community, anyone over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about the Queer experience is welcome. More information can be found on the site here.