What if you could dance a recipe?
What if you could taste a dance?
Does what or how we eat shape our human experience?

5 Choreographers + 5 Chefs + 5 concepts

In August 2017, Basin Arts and Runaway Dish are teaming up for a unique dance and food performance event, STIR, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. STIR mixes the senses together for a performance event like no other taking inspiration from some of life’s basic necessities, food and movement. Five choreographers present five new dance works in collaboration with chefs, featuring the work of:


Frances Barker

Clare Cook

Gina Hanchey

Paige Krause

Sharon Leahy


Jeremy Conner (Cellar Salt Company)

Kelsey Leger + Jamie Harson (Scratch Farm Kitchen)

Justin Girouard (The French Press)

Manny Augello (Bread & Circus Provisions)

Katie Platt (Feel Good Foods)

SAVE THE DATE — August 3-5, 2017 — ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS — ticket info coming soon!

But First…Runaway Dish hosts STIR Summer Suppers


Leading up to STIR, Runaway Dish is hosting five dinners to showcase the chefs and the concepts behind each dance piece. In a city where cooking and dining can be considered fine art, we invite you be be a part of these unique evenings as choreography and culinary inspiration take centerstage. 

These exclusive dinners will allow guests the opportunity to mix and mingle with the chef and choreographer at a cocktail reception followed by a communal-seated dinner. Each dinner includes an up-close look at the choreographic process and offers a taste of what’s to come in August for STIR at the AcA. This series is much smaller and intimate than our usual seated dinners. Only 24 tickets will be sold to each (as opposed to our usual 60).

Summer is all about savoring the longer days and breaking out of the day-to-day routine. Our STIR Summer Suppers are meant to do just that. Creative chats with new people around the table as the menus and venues keep changing…what’s not to love! Grab a ticket for night one or join us for a few. 

Cost for each dinner is $125 per person, and includes tax, gratuities, and a cocktail reception. Seats are limited to just 24 people per night. Proceeds from the dinners will help fund the August STIR performance.

Purchase STIR SUMMER SUPPER tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stir-summer-suppers-tickets-34813427900


June 15: Kelsey Leger & Jamie Harson (Scratch Farm Kitchen) with Choreographer Clare Cook

June 22: Manny Augello (Bread & Circus Provisions) with Choreographer Paige Krause

July 13: Katie Platt (Feel Good Foods) with Choreographer Sharon Leahy

July 20: Jeremy Conner (Cellar Salt Company) with Choreographer Frances Barker

July 27: Justin Girouard (The French Press) with Choreographer Gina Hanchey


A sit down, prix fixe, multi-course dinner. Each dinner’s menu is created by the featured chef and inspired by the choreographer’s concept. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate!

all photos by Denny Culbert