Are you looking for a different and unique venue for a wedding, golf outing, fancy dinner party, or maybe just a romantic dinner for two? Well, look no further, I've found the perfect answer. There's a couple of innovative entertainment companies out there who will be more than happy to accommodate you.

Back in 2006, Hakuna Matata, a Belgium communications agency specializing in gourmet pleasures hooked up with an amusement park installations company deploying cranes and came up with a child's dream come true a flying dinner table! They engaged 22 chefs from all over Europe to perform their culinary magic for high-end, high-in-the-sky dining.

How do they do this?

The "sky table" is suspended 100 feet in the air on a platform by a mobile crane. Does that scare you? Not to worry. Safety is their foremost priority. These trademarked sky tables are designed according to a strict German building code and purposely built by a particular global supplier in Belgium under extreme quality control requirements.

Guests are securely fastened into their seats before the table is raised and the gourmet experience begins. The table seats 22 guests with the head chef and waiting team serving from the pop-up kitchen in the center of the table in the sky.

Over the years this flying dinner table experience has expanded not only all over Europe, but into the skies of more than 45 other countries including Australia, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico, Canada and the good old USA.

But wait -- there's more! Not only can you enjoy fine dining in the fresh air 100 feet above the ground, this innovative entertainment doesn't stop at feeding the masses -- well, 22 at a time, that is -- why do you think they call themselves an entertainment company? Remember, I mentioned a wedding and a golf outing a few paragraphs ago.

A partner company, "Marriage in the Sky" offers couples a wedding just as they would in a church, with a priest, witnesses, family members, friends, even an organ, but in a cloud among the angels up in the sky! (Good luck with the bridal bouquet landing in some wishful bride-to-be's hands and not overboard.)

As for the golfer who has everything wouldn't he just love a gift from another partner company "Swinging in the Sky?" Imagine the incredible experience of smacking that ball high into the atmosphere from a hundred feet up! And imagine some lucky recipient down below having a ball literally falling into their hands right out of the sky.

But there's even more. This company offers customers their dreams brought to life with all sorts of sky-high entertainment from watching a movie over Cannes to playing baccarat while being entertained by French Can-Can dancers. And that's just in France!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to learn the costs for these lofty encounters, but I did see where an event was organized for Prince Albert of Monaco, so I'm thinking it might just be a little beneath a regular Joe's pay scale.

But don't despair. If you can manage a trip to Singapore, there's a dining experience called the Singapore Flyer that whisks you up, up, up in an enclosed, air-conditioned glass gondola which is attached to a giant 492 ft. diameter Ferris wheel. The highest point the gondola reaches is 541 feet in the air. That's equal to a 42-story skyscraper.

These gondolas accommodate 28 dinner guests for about $33 per. If you want a window seat or want to go during the day or if you prefer a late supper where you can take in the glittering night skyline, you'll be shelling out a bit more. Also, that's $33 per 37-minute revolution ride-and-dine on the big wheel, and of course, and of course, a dinner of champagne, sea perch and filet mignon served by butlers will require two or three go-arounds.

Personally, I don't like Ferris wheels whether they come with gourmet food or if you just get locked in and sit there dangerously rocking back and forth holding on for dear life. So I'll just have my meals on good old terra-firma.

My terra-firma menu for today includes a side of these delicious Harvard Beets, which I only learned how to make a few years ago after my dearly beloved kept ordering them in the MCL Cafeteria. Who knew?


1 15-oz. can sliced beets, drain but save juice

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/3 cup cider vinegar

Dash of salt and pepper

Reserved beet juice

Mix sugar and cornstarch in a medium-sized saucepan. Add vinegar, salt, pepper and beet juice. Cook and stir on medium-low hea tuntil thickened. Carefully stir in beets to heat through.