Texas Prison Food Never Tasted This Good

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

A celebrated experiential food-and-drink festival kicking off tomorrow in London will include a "Texas-style slammer," where attendees will have their mug shots taken, receive prison jumpsuits, drink tequila sunrises from urine sample cups and feast.

But the food served at the "Shoreditch State Penitentiary" is unlikely to seem familiar to anyone who's done time in Texas. The menu includes a sea-bass yuzu ceviche and free-range local eggs encased in chorizo, infused with lime and coriander and coated in tortilla chip crumbs.

"Did the final tasting tonight and it blew us away," organizer Hayley Sudbury e-mailed, post-scotch egg sampling.

A Fluid State, which premiered last year, is an entry in the growing food spectacle movement, which celebrates the culinary surreal arts. Chefs in the U.K. this year have treated ticket holders to bread baked in body-shaped loaves, levitating food (the magic's in the magnets) and cakes designed to taste like hangovers.

But this weekend's event may mark the first time food artists across the Atlantic have assigned a Texas theme to their edible antics.

"We always have a wild twist to what we do with our food and drink matches," Sudbury says, "sometimes with quite a fusion around cultural influences."

Video from Tequila: The Reconciliation - the formal name for the jailhouse experience area - can be viewed here.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.