Inspired by the time spent in an Indian monastery, where the Buddhist monks were taking their breakfast in silence, Nicholas Nauman decided to bring this idea in the noisy New York too.
The concept was implemented at Eat, a restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where Nauman is the managing chef and events planner. The first silent dinner was hosted in August 2013 and became a sensation in very short time.
Customers had to reserve days in advance for the privilege of enjoying a $40 four-course dinner in complete silence. Some people might have struggled to keep serious in the face of this experience, others hoped to recreate the peaceful energy they could experience at meditative retreats, others probably just tried to have a peaceful dinner, whatever their reason was the silent meals enjoyed a great appreciation. The monthly event also got lot of media coverage.
Even if it was popular, it seems that the event it doesn’t occur for few months already. According to Eat’s Facebook page the latest silent meal was served in March 2014.