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How to Have a High-Tech Holiday Meal: Lasers, Cocktails, and a Tattooed Turkey

Michael Cirino brings together a series of multimedia interventions to turn Thanksgiving dinner into a fanciful work of collaborative art.

A very merry holiday cocktail
A very merry holiday cocktail Alyssa Laurel Ringler

This post was written by Oriana Leckert and originally appeared on Per la Mente. Discover more like this at Per La Mente.

Per La Mente is a publication that focuses on spotlighting creators. That’s why, this season, they worked with creative culinary experience designer Michael Cirino of A Razor / A Shiny Knife — whom you may recognize from his delightful dalliance with drones — to make a whole new kind of high-tech yet harmonious holiday dinner.

It was a joyful celebratory evening, a convergence of interdisciplinary creators using food as a canvas, leveraging technology, music, and art to interplay with some of the traditional food associated with the season.

From Alejandra Sacasa’s laser-etched rolls and pies to Justin Bolognino’s cocktail overlay app to Jessica Mascitti’s terrific tattooed turkey, the meal was filled with a potluck sense of creativity: talented artists sharing their tricks, their triumphs, and of course their delicious treats. It was a delightful dinner and a warm, wonderful experience that was much more visceral than a simple meal.

Scroll on for more pictures of the feast, and may your days be full of creativity, collaboration, and plenty of lasers.

A bird with more ink than a Brooklyn dinner party
A bird with more ink than a Brooklyn dinner party Alyssa Laurel Ringler

Alejandra Sacasa’s laser-etched rolls.
Alejandra Sacasa’s laser-etched rolls. Alyssa Laurel Ringler
What's dinner without a little theater?
What’s dinner without a little theater? Alyssa Laurel Ringler
Michael Cirino of A Razor / A Shiny Knife.
Michael Cirino of A Razor / A Shiny Knife. Alyssa Laurel Ringler

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