“Look at all my trials and tribulations.
Sinking in a gentle pool of wine…”¹
When trying to do a ‘food pairing’ with a production of Stratford Festival’s Jesus Christ Superstar, where do you begin?
Do you theme on the cliché of ‘body and blood’? Perhaps a wine bar?
Do you try to eat something more in keeping with the times? Rustic in its preparation and limited in ingredient choices in a world without refrigeration and electricity.
Do you imagine the potential gluttony of The Last Supper and go to a buffet?
Do you key in on music? Something more club-like?
When we did our ‘food pairing’ we decided to find a meal fit for a King. Where the focus on attentive service is what they are known for. Not too Mary Magdalene, but aware and well timed with the interactions. We picked a place also emblematic of the Stratford Festival – precise in its detail, global in its appeal, sophisticated in its setting.
We chose Rundles Sophisto-Bistro on Cobourg Street, overlooking the Avon River, a tributary of the Thames. Not a mistake. The pre-theatre dinner turned out to be a perfect match.
For those that are curious, it now stands that Jesus Christ Superstar is the best musical I have ever seen. And the best Stratford Festival performance I have ever attended. (I saw my first production there in 1975.) I wept. Even knowing the ending, I was riveted in suspense and foreboding.
I really want to experience Stratford Festival’s Jesus Christ Superstar again. I can also say the same for Rundles Sophisto-Bistro.
“Don’t disturb me now I can see the answers,
till this evening is this morning life is fine.”¹
9 Cobourg Street
Facebook: Rundles Restaurant and Bistro
Tues: 5 – 7:30 pm
Wed to Thurs: 5 – 8:30 pm
Fri: 5 – 9 pm
Sat: 11:30 am – 1:3o pm; 5 – 9 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 1:3o pm; 5 – 7:30 pm