The Best Kind Of Supper Club Wonders What We’ll Eat On Mars

It’s a question at least one person applying to hop on board Mars One — the curious project that aims to send a permanent human colony to the Red Planet by 2027 — must have asked. I repeat: will there be pizza on Mars? Because if you’re contemplating a one-way ticket to Mars, I’d imagine you’ve spent some time pondering the culinary possibilities of a dusty, uninhabited planet.

Well, thanks to artists Heidi Neilson and Douglas Paulson, the answer is: pizza is possible.

Neilson and Paulson are the minds behind “The Menu for Mars Kitchen,” an art show that was on view at Pierogi Gallery’s Boiler space in Brooklyn, New York, earlier this summer. The two created their very own Mars Supper Club aimed at figuring out a menu of meals that could plausibly be cooked and consumed on a planet with no naturally occurring liquid water. Together they built a kitchen and held workshops with expert guests, testing off-Earth cultivation of edible plants and the murkiness of food preservation. The dishes they created in the Boiler space became protoypes for a menu they’re actually sending to NASA.

Now that the show has closed, Neilson and Paulson might be our foremost authority on Martian cooking outside of the space agency. They graciously agreed to chat via email about their Mars-feasible dishes and the future of interplanetary supper clubs.

How did a “supper club” become your experimental template for imagining the future? What exactly inspired this project?

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