This is a rather unusual query that will require some contextualizing, so thanks in advance if you bear with me.
I teach at Notre Dame and am planning to take a group of somewhere between 6-10 students to the Art Institute in Sept. for a field trip supporting a course that we're doing: "What is Modernity?" We might also manage to fit in some time taking stock of architectural aspects of modernity. I should specify that "modern" for us doesn't mean just the latest thing; it is a wide-ranging concept (for example, some aspects of modernity go back 500 years with the ascendancy in politics of the idea of representative government).
Anyway, that professorial fluffery behind me, I want to ask if anyone has ideas about where I might take this gang for lunch. Could lunch be folded into our explorations of what is modern?
My first and quite obvious thought is that some kind of molecular gastronomy experience might be interesting and relevant (because the "latest thing" is, still, one aspect of what modern means). But other ideas might work--perhaps, dramatic examples of fusion cuisine?
Of course, we'll have a great day even if we just grab some chow at the museum cafe. But if we can make lunch another facet of the trip, so much the better.
I expect that the University will support our costs within reason--say, $1.5-2K for the trip. But I'm supposing that Alinea is probably beyond our means, and maybe not a lunch joint in any case (never been there myself).
This feels like such an unusual post! Anyway, ideas?