London-based caterers Bubble Foods recently served powdered asparagus meant for sniffing rather than eating to a group of designers. The boundary-pushing plating mimicked how a cocaine user snorts the drug.
The off-white powder was served to each diner on a small rectangular mirror. The powder was formed in a straight line, with a rolled up bill next to it. According to Bubble Foods, the suggestive plating and the dish itself were meant to serve as a tongue-in-cheek presentation about stimulating the different senses while eating, rather than glamorizing drug use.
The asparagus is available for about $80 per gram, which, based on some estimates [pdf], makes it roughly the same price as actual cocaine.