I just came across this post about a restaurant in Washington that believes in providing a richer dining experience, from a discussion with the chef prior to the meal to a kitchen that welcomes diners wandering at any time: Link: kathleen ream: Experience Cuisine.
Perhaps not everyone would be that interested in being so involved in their meal, but I think it sounds like great fun for foodies. I've always thought there are a lot of opportunities out there in the world of entertainment and leisure to provide people with more than just the meal, more than just the music, more than just the painting. In art museums, for instance, I find myself longing to know the story behind the art and the artist who created it. Most museums just don't give you that kind of richness in their experience. They just leave it to those of us who aren't "art people" to feel stupid when we don't know what to think about what we're looking at. There are times when I think it's worth it to help people have a better experience by showing them how.