This week, Noma sent a team of its Copenhagen chefs to create the restaurant’s first-ever dinner in North America, for Sotheby's spring auction.
The dinner on Sunday, May 11th consisted of five courses for 80 lucky guests, and brought the cuisine of the recently-named best restaurant in the world to “big spenders including Leonardo DiCaprio, Vito Schnabel, Alice Walton, Jane Holzer, Jeffrey Deitch, and Irving Blum."
The art up for auction included works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koonz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others.
Noma’s sous chef Thomas Frebel arrived in New York five days in advance to begin preparations for the dinner. All the dishes served were “lifted from Noma’s menus past or present," and was designed around Noma's efforts to shift focus away from meat.
“We wanted to keep the menu as light as possible, and as seasonal as possible,” chef Frebel told Vanity Fair.
Dishes included sea urchin “tongues” on grilled toast, savory Danish pancakes brushed with fermented grasshopper paste, Danish turbot with whipped horseradish cream, and more.
Check out Vanity Fair's slideshow of Noma's first North American dinner.
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