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Eat the Street

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Eat the Street Photo: Lisa Kannakko

Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

January 25 – February 4, 2012
At various restaurants in Gastown and surrounding neighbourhoods

Costs: The price of whatever you’re feeling fly enough to order!
See below for a complete list of participating restaurants and dates, and be sure to stop by to meet the kids and grab a bite to eat.

Eat the Street Awards Ceremonies
February 4, 2pm at The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews.


Fine dining the way it was meant to be—with children.

Mammalian Diving Reflex, the company behind Haircuts by Children, is at it again with a whimsical work of contemporary performance that yanks power and authority from the clutches of adults and places it in the deserving hands of children. Following a culinary session with a professional chef, grades five and six students from Bridgeview Elementary in Surrey will make stops at several of the city’s most notable eateries in Gastown and surrounding neighbourhoods. They will be feted and fed throughout the three weeks of the Festival, charged with offering their brutally honest, uncensored opinions on the food, the service, the décor, the state of the washrooms and the charm of the dishwasher.

For the mere cost of a meal, the public is invited to sit amongst the kids for a front-row view of the youthful connoisseurs in action. It will be the most fun meal you’ve had since you, yourself, sat at the kids table. Check back for a complete list of restaurants and dates, or follow the shenanigans at eatdastreet.blogspot.com. Then join the panel of pre-adolescent adjudicators for an uproarious awards ceremony where awards are bestowed for everything from “Most Delicious” and “Coolest Chef” to “Least Graffiti in the Washroom.”

 >>There was more root beer than red wine, the decibel level was in the stratosphere, and there was a refreshing dearth of inhibition… [the kids had] notepads and one simple instruction: show no mercy.<< Toronto Life

Mammalian Diving Reflex is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere. Their project Eat the Street is based on a utopian prospect for the youth of our society—what the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has called “a new social contract” wherein children are invited to be present as children, setting the tone and, in turn, triggering ever higher levels of generosity between adults and children alike.

Produced by Mammalian Diving Reflex

Supported by The Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre, TELUS Vancouver Community Board, Vancouver Private Tours and Vancouver School Bus Charters ltd. Special thanks to the Gastown Business Improvement Association.


Restaurants and dates

Irish Heather GastroPub– January 25, 6pm
210 Carrall Street
Mains range from $13-24, email reso.irishheather@gmail.com for reservations.

Calabash BistroJanuary 26, 6pm
428 Carrall Street   604.568.5882
Mains range from $12-21, reservations recommended.

Nuba @ The Waldorf – January 27, 6pm
1489 E Hastings Street   604.253.7141
Appies and mains range from $6-19, reservations recommended.

Subeez – January 28, 6pm
891 Homer Street   604.687.6107
Share plates and mains range from $7-18, reservations recommended.

La Casita – January 29, 6pm – CANCELLED

Chambar – January 30, 6pm
562 Beatty Street   604.879.7119
Appies range from $12-16, Mains range from $22-33. Reservations recommended.

Chill Winston – January 31, 6pm
3 Alexander Street
Nothing on the menu over $20. No reservations, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria – February 1, 5pm
62 East Cordova Street
Pizzas range from $9-20. No reservations, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Old Spaghetti Factory – February 2, 6pm
53 Water Street
Mains range from $9.50-17.95, reservations recommended.

For the mere cost of a meal, join the youthful connoisseurs for a front-row view of the action!

1. Choose a restaurant
2. Make a reservation, or show up at the appointed date and time.
(Make sure to tell them you’re coming for Eat the Street.)
3. Join the fun!