The globetrotting dinner party takes another chunk out of the Big Apple.
Known as the capital of the world, New York City attracts foodies, fashionistas and impresarios with a thirst for big business and all things bourgeois.
The melting pot that it is, Gotham has come to behold a gastronomy scene so enriched by traditional and contemporary cooking cultures in need of sharing.
Mexican, Nordic, Italian, French, Korean, American, Japanese; the diversity of this great city is cardinal. It’s the perfect destination to host the seventeenth Dining Impossible. Offering “the world’s most coveted dinner tickets” to pleasure aficionados flying in from around the globe.
3 days – 3 super restaurants – 1 great dinner party.
Thursday, May 12th – Friday, May 13th – Saturday, May 14th
14 notabilities only.
Thursday, May 12th
Chapter 1 – America’s No. 1
At Eleven Madison Park, the aim is to marvel. Nothing can be anticipated.
Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara’s sleek Art Deco restaurant offers a masterclass in surprise. From the mysterious string-tied box that kicks off proceedings, to a member of the kitchen staff arriving tableside to baste an inflated pig’s bladder, little can be foreseen.
What diners can rely on, however, is a dining experience that is as delightful as it is engaging with the use of peerless ingredients and top-class cooking such as a clam dish that comes in two stages.
Having earned his first Michelin star at the age of 24, Swiss Daniel Humm has since put two more on the table of Eleven Madison Park where the first eating extravaganza of Dining Impossible 17 will be held.
Working closely with Will Guidara, the co-owner of Eleven Madison, he has received numerous accolades for this lionised restaurant.
These include four stars from the New York Times, no less than six James Beard Foundation Awards, as well as the three Michelin Stars and a spot on San Pellegrino’s World 50 Best Restaurants list as a current impressive fifth and thereby the highest ranking restaurant in North America.
Overlooking the magnificent Madison Square Park, Eleven Madison Park not only boasts a bountiful tasting menu but also a spectacular overview of the dazzling restaurant from our private dining room.
With this poignant backdrop and full-blown menu focusing on the ample agricultural assets of New York and the long established culinary traditions that have taken root here, this is set to be a magnificent first taste of The Big Apple.
Dress code: Formal elegance.
“The ultimate dinner party” – Forbes Magazine
Friday, May 13th
Chapter 2 – Upstate Legend
The legendary Blue Hill at Stone Barns offers a totally unique perspective on food, creating a direct link between the earth, kitchen and diner. Be prepared to come out feeling truly awakened.
Situated within the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, Upstate New York, the restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery, offering a tranquil setting for an evening of fine dining and education.
Having spent more than a decade investigating farming communities around the world, drawing on the wisdom and experience of chefs, farmers and seed breeders, Executive Chef and co-owner Dan Barber attempts to evoke consciousness through his cooking. His mission: to find an ethical, sustainable, yet utterly delicious national cuisine.
In light of his great talent, he has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City and The Country’s Outstanding Chef and in 2009 was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world”. It is not surprising then that Barber was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
“Barber builds a dazzling panorama of ethical and flavorful eating destined to refashion Americans’ deepest beliefs about food.” – from the jacket of his book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.
At Blue Hill you are presented with so much more than just a dinner. Perhaps you’ll be shown a video of how the fish on your plate was caught or be taken out to the garden where the carrot you’re eating was plucked from the ground just minutes before it was delicately arranged on your plate.
Whether it comes from the greenhouse, farm, pasture, field, forest or cellar, every element is given its much deserved spotlight and shines from every angle. In 2015 Blue Hill at Stone Barns made its first entry on San Pellegrino’s World 50 Best Restaurants list.
Expect an extraordinarily dynamic culinary experience that will leave you wide-eyed and tingling.
Dress code: Classy laissez faire.
“The world’s best dinner party” – The Telegraph
Saturday, May 14th
Chapter 3 – Back in the City
Lunch – Burger Raid
Not all can be fine dining, but when it’s not, it still has to be sublime.
In order to get an al-round good chunk of New York’s culinary DNA, we hook up for lunch with beef aficionado, Eater senior editor and highly entertaining Emmy-nominated host of “The Meat Show”, Nick Solares, who vividly takes us through three of his favorite burger joints in town.
We’ll sink our teeth into a selection of juicy burgers, and according to Solares, some of the best in America and therefore also the world.
“A three-day gastronomic blowout” – Australian Financial Review
Evening – The Exclusive Buyout
Atera is one of New York’s most beautiful restaurants.
Headed by Danish Ronny Emborg, this 2* Michelin fine dining counter takes cooking to new paths, combining the flavors, colors, and seasonal essence of nature with delicate precision to engage the diner in a unique culinary experience.
Chef Emborg defines his cuisine as “The Sensory Kitchen” – a kitchen that enhances the pleasure of dining with the full use of taste, sight, color and smell.
“Watch the kitchen execute its magic” – Guide Michelin on Atera.
In all Atera honors the poetry of nature and creativity in pursuit of an immersive sensory and intimate dining experience.
And this 18-seat restaurant is most definitely intimate, where curious diners line the counter while keeping a close eye on what is being prepared before them.
Expect an experience nothing short of sublime.
Dress code: It’s all about the attitude.
“Plenty of people throw good dinner parties; few hosts are so successful they take their soirees around the world.”
– The Wall Street Journal
Dining Impossible 17 – New York City is the full experience. Besides the extraordinaire dinners and a lunch, it also includes receptions, selected transport and after parties with a range of drinks, beverages and canapés.
All dinners include full wine/beer/cocktail menus predetermined with the respectful sommeliers, as well as mineral water, various taxes and gratuity.
As always the guest list remains a secret to the public and will only be shared in detail amongst the participants. Menus and wines will be served découverte, meaning presented and discovered on the night of the dinner parties as a part of the full-blown Big Apple storytelling.
Price per cover is confidential. Please contact Kristian Brask Thomsen at email@example.com for further information.
“Billed by Forbes Magazine as “the ultimate dinner party” and by Huffington Post as “the world’s most coveted dinner tickets”; Dining Impossible is a three-day gastronomic bender organized by culinary ambassador Kristian Brask Thomsen.”
– Sydney Morning Herald.