Fine Dining in the Apocalypse

What will we be eating in the post-apocalyptic world? What will you survive on when it all goes south? Henry Hargreaves, who you may remember from his various food-related art projects, has been exploring the world of doomsday preppers and the foods they stockpile for the coming disasters.

In the US alone there are over 3 million people preparing for the end of time; this sub-culture is known as Doomsday Preppers.

I connected with some of them to discuss their Armageddon menus. They are designed around their religious beliefs, lifestyles, location, health, and what they think will work on the heels of the disaster they predict.

Initially I expected this to be a rather sensational series, but as I spoke to some of the subjects I actually was surprised by the brilliance in their approach. They have been able to stand back and see the whole food system from afar and realize, in any kind of disaster, the food distribution chain is the first thing to break and they don’t want to be left vulnerable, if and when it does…

I created dishes that they will potentially be eating once the system breaks and they have become self sufficient. Through their choices of these foods I think their personal story comes to life.

The art project consists of a short profile of the prepper and a typical meal prepared from the ingredients they believe will be available to them after disaster strikes.

These meals sure look better than the fresh opossum and expired baby formula we see the unprepared masses consume after a TV apocalypse. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the project at Hargreaves’ website.

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