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See and be seen in an outdoor dining globe

They are trendy, sleek, chic and oh-so Instagrammable.

They are the four stylish, clear-plastic, igloo-shaped domes Oak+Cru restaurant at the Delta Grand hotel has set up on its patio for winter dining and drinks.

"We call them Luminescence Outdoor Dining Globes," said The Grand's director of sales and marketing Shannon Bruckshaw.

"We just launched them and they are already the hottest reservation in the city."

</who>Chef David Foot at Luminescence Outdoor Dining Globe #3 with, from left, the sausage trio with toasted baguette, apple tart and chocolate pie.

They really are the ideal way to dine with your bubble, in a bubble.

"We started to look at these outdoor dining globes before COVID, but with the pandemic now really there is no better time than the present to have them," said Bruckshaw.

"We've designed three of them for dinners with tables for six and one is more lounge-style."

The four Luminescence Outdoor Dining Globes are set up on the lagoon-side patio at Oak+Cru and are heated and lit for seasonal use in the fall, winter and spring.

As such, the restaurant touts them as the locale for an elevated, safe dining experience for up to six people beside the glittering lagoon.

To eat or drink in a globe you have to reserve at OakAndCru.com.

If available, bookings are offered at 5, 5:15, 5:30, 7:30, 7:45 and 8 pm for two to six guests per globe.

The minimum spend per globe is $200, payable when you make the reservation.

Weekend brunches are coming soon.

In recognition that dome dining is special, Oak+Cru chef David Foot has created a Luminescence Skillet Sessions menu featuring dishes cooked in the restaurant's 6,000-pound fire-deck oven.

</who>Chef David Foot has created a special 'Skillet Sessions' menu for the outdoor dining globes featuring sablefish and risotto, sausage trio, cappelletti pasta in truffle cream sauce, focaccia bread with ricotta, chocolate pie and skillet s'mores.

As the name indicates, all items are cooked and served in cast-iron skillets.

$15 appetizers include focaccia bread with ricotta, baked brie cheese with huckleberries and chicken confit poutine.

Main dishes, all $30, include cappelletti pasta in truffle cream sauce, smoked sablefish with lobster risotto, chicken confit cassoulet and a sausage trio.

At $20 each, desserts include s'mores, chocolate pie, Gala apple tart and Okanagan fruit crumble.

All the dome components arrived in boxes and had to be assembled, frame first with see-through plastic stretched over and a zip-access door.

Dining domes first made an appearance in the Central Okanagan last month when Frind Winery in West Kelowna erected 10 of them on its beachfront patio.

They too are furnished with tables for six for afternoon high tea at $45 per person and five-course, wine-paired dinners for $110 per person.



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