MiddleGray Mag's team had the great opportunity to attend this year's CREATE BOSTON, and we had a blast. CREATE is an event where art, food and music come together to showcase and celebrate homegrown talent. Upcoming artists, great chefs and talented mixologists are teamed up in order to devise artworks, dishes and drinks in a congruent manner, just for you to experience.
Being the first time we attended this event, we were all very excited about it and didn't want to miss a thing! We went through all 6 stations, tasting, looking and chatting at the beat of DJ TJ Conelly's music, and were delighted by these artists' creations, and there was one team that caught our full attention.
We had to make our way around the lines of eager people all the way to the end to take a better look at a mysterious looking shack-like structure, with walls made of pallets and an upright boat, and aptly named The Snalligator. This piece is one of the many impressive installations/sculptures by !ND!V!DUALS, the artist collective responsible for creating local commissioned spaces at Orchard Skateshop and El Taller Restaurant, as well as other projects, shows and installations.
The Snalligator is a "swamp-side-speak-easy bar and grill," as this collective describes it, and for this event it was home to chef Alexander Crabb and bartender Emma Hollander, whose alligator gumbo and Mulin Rouge cocktail respectively, were exactly the pairing you would expect to enjoy inside this raw piece of art. This was the experience we were looking for. We were immersed from head to toe in a unique environment where everything made sense, we were able to see, taste and smell these artists' concept, and we wanted more! Towards the end of the event the gumbo was all gone and the Snalligator was still packed with people who just wanted to hang out and enjoy themselves.
!ND!V!DUALS has participated in CREATE since the beginning. Now the event is into its third year, and this collective doesn't cease to amaze with its creations and collaborations. Kudos to them, and we hope to see them and experience them again next time around.