Having conquered food meccas of three continents this year the movable feast continues with one of the hottest destinations on any eaters’ list right now – Copenhagen. Offering “the world’s most coveted dinner tickets” to pleasure aficionados, flying in from around the globe.
Home to 2010’s, 2011’s, 2012’s, 2014’s No. 1, and the current No. 5 restaurant in the world, Noma, the city finds itself buzzing with eager diners.
Copenhagen hosts the King of Nordic Cuisine René Redzepi, Bocuse d’Or Legend Rasmus Kofoed of Geranium – the first 3-starred Michelin restaurant of Denmark, and Critics’ Darling Søren Selin from amazing AOC, one of only two restaurants in the old Kingdom to hold 2 Michelin stars along with Noma.
This is where Dining Impossible – a magnificent culinary adventure through some of the world’s finest and most exciting cuisines – had its birth.
This is the original trifecta.
3 days – 3 world class restaurants – 1 great dinner party.
Thursday, August 11th – Friday, August 12th – Saturday, August 13th.
16 notabilities only.
Thursday, August 11th
Chapter 1 – The Champion
First he won bronze. Then silver. And finally he received the golden statue.
The winner of Bocuse d’Or and thereby earning the title of “the world’s best chef” – quite possible more than anyone else in the history of this individual world championship of creative chefs.
This year Rasmus Kofoed received the 3rd Michelin star within only five years at Restaurant Geranium, which can be found in the top corner of Denmark’s national stadium, overlooking Fælledparken (Common Gardens) from where one can follow the seasons’ journey through the tree crowns, catch glimpses of the city’s green copper roofs and just see the windmills of Øresund.
The restaurant has quickly grown a reputation for its inventive and intuitive culinary approach through its aim to explore the area of tension between all that is urbane and the natural, done so with dishes of amazing delicacy.
In 2014 Geranium was awarded ‘Best Food Experience’ by White Guide and was, in 2013, awarded “Best Restaurant in Denmark” by The Danish Dining Guide as well as The Nordic Prize for “Nordic Restaurant of The Year.”
Geranium is ranked as No. 28 by The World’s Best Restaurant List.
This evening we’ll experience the cuisine of a Champion – offering Champagne, 20+ servings de luxe, an exclusive wine menu, mineral water, gourmet coffee/tea, delicious petit fours and avecs in the “Inspirational Kitchen” of this dazzling three-starred Michelin restaurant.
Included is a private guided tour of the open kitchen of Geranium.
“The ultimate dinner party” – Forbes Magazine
After dinner at Geranium the fun-loving dinner party enters Balthazar – Denmark’s first and top Champagne bar and a perfect spot for epicureans with a keen eye on quality and elegant surroundings.
Since its opening on back corner of the iconic Hotel d’Angleterre, Balthazar Champagne Bar has dazzled Copenhagen and international guests with its beautiful Francophile décor, great bubbly selection, well-executed cocktails and flirtatious tunes from resident DJ’s.
“The most coveted dinner ticket in the world.” – Huffington Post
Friday, August 12th
Chapter 2 – The Critics’ Darling
Featuring Nordic Star Chef Søren Selin, we present the four times nominee, and winner of “The Danish Dish of Year” who seeks to emphasise what is wonderful from both the flora and the fauna. He stimulates as many senses as possible – taste, vision, colour, and smell are all at the centre of the dining experience.
His gastronomic philosophy is positioned from a modern style, using fresh Nordic produce sourced from both the earth and sea – a concept of pure savour and a local cuisine that’s rooted in Danish ingredients and seasons; a natural cuisine where the raw materials are the stars.
Along with Noma, AOC is the only other restaurant in Copenhagen to be awarded with 2 stars in Guide Michelin.
With Sommelier Restaurateur Christian Aarø Mortensen – numerous Danish and Nordic Sommelier Champion, we’ll experience delicious Champagne, a feast of 20+ gourmet servings with a 10 glass connoisseur wine menu, mineral water, gourmet coffee/tea, delicious petit fours and avecs in the vaulted 17th century cellar in the heart of Copenhagen.
Included is a private guided tour of the open kitchen of AOC by Søren Selin.
“The world’s best dinner party” – The Telegraph
During daytime before dinner at AOC, we spend the afternoon playing in Copenhagen Habour with a Sonny Crockett power speedboat, taking us in and around Copenhagen from the waterside of our hangout by the waterfront of AOC’s younger sibling No.2 – a Nordic luxury bistro and jewel amongst the city’s relaxed and laidback diners.
No. 2 has it’s own take on the Nordic kitchen. Seasonal delicacies from the beach, sea, forest or field is central to the menu; in short, they rely on the best produce Denmark has to offer and will from landside supply the fun-loving dinner party with delicious lunch and buzzing cocktails.
“The best dinner ticket in international circles.” – Austrialian Financial
Saturday, August 13th
Chapter 3 – The Most Influential Restaurant in the World
Noma has been voted no. 1 an impressive four times on the World’s 50 Best List. Last year’s No. 3, this year’s No. 5.
But the “lower” placement shall not be taken as a sign of lower interests nor being lesser great, rather as a result of René Redzepi constantly challenging himself and his team by conquering the hearts of first London, then Tokyo and latest Sydney instead of staying safely put in Copenhagen.
As a Napoleon of cuisines Noma has managed to integrate the restaurant’s innovative, inventive and ground-breaking approach to cooking with the ingredients and history of cultures far, far away from the former warehouse on the Copenhagen dockside, and every time doing so enhanced a world’s perceptions of food.
Noma is without any close second the most influential restaurant in the world, and René Redzepi states himself: “With a better kitchen than ever”.
This evening features the world renown staff of Noma at the most internationally acclaimed restaurant – offering Champagne, 20+ new nordic servings de luxe, a connoisseur wine menu, mineral water, gourmet coffee/tea, delicious petit fours and avecs in a decorated Nordic private dining room with a full view of the Copenhagen Harbour.
Furthermore, the cherry on top is a private guided tour of the 1st floor kitchen and “battle station” of Noma, situated just next to the private dining room.
“Plenty of people throw good dinner parties; few hosts are so successful they take their soirees around the world.”
– The Wall Street Journal
— FLIP THE COIN —
Not all can be fine dining, but when it’s not, it still has to be damn good.
Inspired by the recent success of Dining Impossible – New York City‘s burger raid through some of the best meat joints of the Big Apple, we pick up the glove and challenge two of Copenhagen’s best makers of the beloved Danish street food – hot dogs, during Saturday lunch before the evening dinner at Noma.
Both of these Copenhagen personalities offer their take on how a juicy, porky, delicious, creative and world-class gourmet hotdog should taste like.
We’ve asked them to create each their tantalizing bid on a DI:DOG.
JOHN’S HOT DOG DELI
Already famous for his innovative way of thinking hot dogs out of the box, John Michael Jensen – a character as taken out of a scene in Easy Rider – pleases the palates of Copenhagen on a daily basis with his “sausage wagon” just in front of the Central Station in the very heart of the buzzing capital.
John is the pioneer of taking the everyday Danish street dog to the next level by mixing new flavors and cultures into the old Kingdoms’ favorite bite, and has for years insisted on creating own quality produce in an otherwise, but now changing, aligned mass production delivery for the country’s hot dog stands.
John works closely the world-acclaimed Danish craft beer brewery Mikkeler and frequently takes his hotdogs on the road, serving the goodies in other countries around the world. John Michael Jensen is originally trained as a chef.
In Denmark the ubiquitous name for your local non-chain fast food joint, is ‘grillbar’ and they’ll serve whatever greasy fix will make your day better, just like a bartender does with alcohol.
The difference is that the man behind this joint named Grisen (The Pig), Turkish-native Umut Ra Sakarya, previously has worked at gourmet restaurants and is the winner of Danish Masterchef 2015 – in other words: Not your typical grillbar owner. And the talent shows.
The quality in Grisen’s ingredients is impeccable, as is the execution. Everything is served true to the original roots of Danish fast food, but on Royal Copenhagen porcelain and looking and tasting like it’s way more expensive than it really is.
On top Umut just might be the funniest man in Danish gastro biz, and has taken the city by storm with his obvious wit, outlandish Danish, daring self-irony, crazy Facebook posts and tasty pig bites.
THE AFTER PARTY
No three-day dinner party without an au revoir party – this time in Copenhagen at Blume; a undercover cocktailbar and nightclub, secretly hidden in a backyard.
Focused on gourmet cocktails and extraordinary service combined with intimate sorroundings and a distinct music profile will ensure the great party.
Run by India-native Hardeep Singh Rehal – one of the all time best cool cat cocktails bartenders of Copenhagen – this intimate nightclub claims back old school clubbing and sets the stage for the last magic moment for three remarkable days in utterly culinary style.
Dining Impossible has private tables in the center of attention where bubbly bottles and good times awaits, and we take no prisoners.
Expect to hear your regular club classics, the funky vibes, some forgotten treasures from the past and the newest electro in a clever mix all night long.
Wear shoes suitable for dancing.
Dining Impossible 18 – Copenhagen is the full experience.
Besides the extraordinaire dinners, a deluxe hotdog tour, sailing, 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 a full culinary Kingdom-storytelling.
Price per cover is confidential. Please contact Kristian Brask Thomsen at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Claes Bech-Poulsen, Ole Troelsø, Anders Husa, Signe Birck.