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Dinner in the Sky Over Delray Beach: The View Was Awesome; the Cost, Not So Much

Dinner in the Sky is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You dine. In the sky. A crane lifts a specially-constructed table 180 feet above the ground. Strapped-in diners enjoy a specially prepared meal served by a chef and wait staff who are tethered and work from the center of the table.

It's expensive, opulent, and unnecessary. It is the kind of decadent, over-the-top experience that serves no purpose other than to make you feel all, "Wow, this is awesome!"

Last weekend, Dinner In the Sky came to downtown Delray Beach and I got to take the media preview ride. And, wow, it was awesome! It was as awesome and breathtaking as you'd expect being lifted 180 feet in the air by a crane to be.

Chef Ernesto DeBlasi from Caffe Luna Rosa

rode up with us. He served two of the four dinners Saturday night and

Candyfish Gourmet Sushi served the other two. I'm sure Chef DeBlasi's

amazing tomato bisque was just as delicious as when you eat it on the

ground. In fact, occasionally feeling that woozy sensation in

the pit of a your stomach (ever look down from the top of a tall

ladder?) is probably rather distracting.

It's a gimmick - an expensive gimmick. But I'm not knocking it. The view really was incredible. It's not every day you get to levitate almost 200 feet in the air. What is life without such experiences, even if they are ridiculously expensive? A spot at the table cost $500.

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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