Flavor Tripping @ SXSW
Early Bird Pricing sponsored by mberry: $15 (limited to first 50 tickets). Advance tickets: $20.
what is a flavor tripping party?
flavor tripping parties are the latest craze in NY and SF and offer willy wonka-esque taste-altering experiences for your tastebuds. party-goers get a fresh miracle berry and then help themselves to a bacchanalian banquet of food and naughty beverages. the miracle berry affects everyone differently and the effects can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. this is what some flavor-trippers are saying:
- citrus fruits like lemons and limes taste sweet
- oranges and grapefruits tasted dipped in sugar
- goat cheese tastes like frosting
- vinegar is smooth enough to drink
- cheap tequila tastes like top shelf
- bologna sandwiches taste like cheesecake
- stout beers taste like chocolate milkshakes
miracle berries are only good for 2-3 days after they are picked and so they are very rare, expensive, and hard to obtain. likewise, it is difficult to get a large volume of them. flavor tripping parties sell out very quickly!
our flavor tripping parties will be held at different fun locations around houston and the foods and beverages served will vary per event.
we will also start offering miracle berry tablets at our events for those berry trippers seeking an intensified effect.
what *is* a Miracle Berry?
miracle berries, also known as miracle fruit or Synsepalum dulcificum are fresh plants indigenous to west africa. the fruit when consumed have an extraordinary affect on your tastebuds. scientists say a protein in the fruit works by binding to taste buds and altering the tongue's so-called sweet receptors to activate when sour foods are eaten. the "miracle" is everything sour and bitter will taste sweet temporarily.
lemons taste like lemonade, guiness beer tastes like chocolate milk, rhubarb tastes like sugar cane!
miracle berry plants can only grow in parts of africa, asia, and florida. they take four years from seed to bear fruit. the berries are also highly perishable and must be eaten within 2-3 days once picked. for diabetics, it could be turned into a sugar-free additive. for cancer patients, it could eliminate the post-chemotherapy metallic taste in their mouths and make food taste more palatable. all of these factors including recent press by the new york times make this berry almost a "miracle" to obtain.
our first event
Houston Chowhounds hosted houston's first flavor tripping party on july 25, 2008 at la strada in montrose. the second floor of the restaurant was reserved for this private event for 100 people. the event sold-out and was a smashing success. we even had over 30 names on the waiting list to get in!
the spread: lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, brussels sprouts, bologna sandwiches, blue cheese, salt & vinegar potato chips, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, mustard, tabasco, guiness beer, chocolate stout, india pale ale, cheap tequila, and cranberry juice.