High Tea, Etc.

New options for dining and entertaining in the sky

sky dinnerThe thought of consuming a gourmet meal while dangling from a stories-tall crane probably doesn't occur to most people, but Mike Gallant aims to change that. The Boston-based Gallant, who runs the U.S. operations of Dinner In The Sky, offers just such a service and notes, perhaps needlessly, that "This is geared toward people who have done and seen it all."

Dinner In The Sky (dinnerinthesky.com), originally developed in Bel­gium, is new to the United States. The setup: Twenty-two people, strapped in with four-point seat belts, sit around a rectangular table suspended up to 160 feet in the air. The bare-bones cost: roughly $55,000 for a two-day rental, not counting the meal itself.

A slightly less vertiginous (as well as more affordable) way to feed and be fed on high is inside one of the cylindrical pods slowly rotating around one of several brand-new observation wheels. The Singapore-based Great Wheel Corp. (greatwheel.com) opened the Singapore Flyer, similar to the London Eye, earlier this year and has plans to open wheels in Beijing and Berlin next year and in Orlando in 2010. (Ground was broken on the Orlando site this summer.) Cost for up to 28 people, including F&B: $2,000 for the first half-hour rotation. The Southern Star, a similar wheel from another company, opened in Melbourne, Australia, last month.

For those who find it easier to stomach hors d'oeuvres with their feet firmly planted on the ground, F&B functions can be hosted at the base of the wheels, which include a mix of retail, restaurant and event space.