Dining Impossible 13 El Celler de Can Roca

Back with the greatest appetite for Barcelona, Spain’s second city and the self-confident capital of Catalonia – also including The World’s No. 1 in Girona.

We enter the mouthwatering metropolis in early October, offering an otherworldly all-round, in-depth gastronomic experience to pleasure aficionados flying in from around the globe. 

3 days – 3 unique dining venues – 1 great dinner party.

Thursday, October 1st – Friday, October 2nd – Saturday, October 3rd

14 notabilities only.



Moments 1

Thursday, October 1st

Chapter 1 – The Female Master


Moments is run by the legendary Catalan Chef Carme Ruscalleda, the world’s only female chef to hold a total of no less than seven Michelin stars.

Her three Michelin-starred restaurant, the Sant Pau, in the seaside town of Sant Pol de Mar, north of Barcelona, has been dazzling diners for more than 20 years, and, in 2004, Ruscalleda opened Sant Pau in Tokyo, which holds 2* Michelin.

And latest magical Moments at the Mandarin Oriental that continues to win new awards and new devotees thanks to its creative, fresh and healthy cuisine inspired by Catalan culinary culture – and already now in an early stage also accoladed with two Michelin stars.



The Strawberry dessert, made with with quark, yuzu, citrus, taken in the restaurant of Carme Ruscalleda, Sant Pau, in Sant Pol de Mar, Spain on April 27, 2011.




This first night the fun-loving dinner party is dazzled by being seated by the beautiful Chef’s Table, enjoying Champagne, a grand tasting menu by Chef Ruscadella, an impeccable wine menu, mineral water, gourmet coffee/tea, delicious petit fours and avecs – with full views of the action in the kitchen.

Expect intellectual cooking, a cuisine not only inseparable from the Mediterranean way of life, but also from the zeitgeist.

It’s not a stretch to say that the more familiar you are with contemporary Catalan culture – the singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, for example; the composer Pere Vilà; the theatrical producer Joan Font; or the artist Riera i Aragó, for instance – the more you will take away from a menu created by Chef Ruscalleda.


After the grand Moments, the party enters the Barcelona’s Golden Quarter and a lively lounge club, having seducing cocktails and sets by the best current DJs.

Dress code: Classy laissez faire.


“The ultimate dinner party” – Forbes Magazine (2013)

germans roca

Friday, October 2nd

Chapter 2 – The World’s No. 1


The passion for cooking and hospitality shared by the three Roca brothers is palpable, but the food is playful rather than serious (caramelised olives are brought to the table on bonsai trees) and Catalan ingredients are given centre-stage on the menu.

Superior techniques complement simple flavour combinations designed to titillate the palate and the memory rather than confuse the mind. It’s very clever stuff – but thankfully it is also utterly delicious.

El Celler de Can Roca holds three stars in Guide Michelin and was voted the “World’s Best Restaurant” 2013 and now again in 2015 by the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The first time the restaurant was named No. 1, its website had 12 million hits.


This highly internationally acclaimed restaurant, featuring the stylish, laid back and world renowned staff of El Celler de Can Roca, offers Champagne, a grande feast, an extensive wine menu, mineral water, gourmet tea/coffee, delicious petit fours and avecs, all served in a semi-private dining room.

Furthermore, a private guided tour of the kitchen and “battle station” of the restaurant and a tour of the large wine cellar, which stores around 60000 bottles.

Reservation Impossible.


The journey to and from El Celler de Can Roca in Girona (100 kilometers north of Barcelona) will be made in stretch limousines, accompanied by bubbles after attending a Champagne reception in the dazzling Vienés-rooms at the iconic Casa Fuster.

Dress code: Formal elegance.


“The world’s best dinner party” – The Telegraph (2014)


Saturday, October 3rd

Chapter 3 – The Grand Theatre


Slightly tipsy a Cava reception on the rooftop of The Majestic Hotel we enter our final dining destination: the famous, glorious, adventurous and notorious Tickets. It is the beating culinary heart of Albert Adrià’s ambitious but straightforward goal: to convert Barcelona into the culinary capital of Europe.

While Ferran Adrià’s focus shifted to the El Bulli Foundation, a program dedicated to transforming the former restaurant into a competitive cooking school, Albert’s attention returned to Barcelona full time.

“If anyone can transform an entire neighbourhood into a gigantic restaurant, it is Albert Adrià – one of the best cooks in the world,” says the Basque chef Juan Mari Arzak, who met Albert through Ferran when Albert was just 17 years old. “He’s always been a lively, quick-witted and extremely inventive individual. There aren’t many chefs who can match his creativity.”








This evening the stage is set for a magnificent show: La Vida Tapa. At Tickets, gastronomy is linked to a way of understanding life. In this respect you will find humour, a great deal of character and a 20+ elaborated tapas menu extraordinaire. Expect elBulli classics as well as new wizardry combinations conceived by a great culinary mastermind.

You may feel as though you are a spectator at the circus or about to sit down to an evening of live theatre, but one thing you will not experience is boredom. Expect to encounter olives which are not actually olives, cotton candy trees studded with fruits and mouth watering Iberian cured ham which is found sneaked into mini hollow “air baguettes” or painted on top of fresh tuna belly.

An evening of surprises, we will have a party within a party in the circus-come-theatre-come-restaurant that is Tickets.

Talk to chefs and restaurant people around the world and they know Albert Adrià not just as the little brother of the most important chef of the past 20 years, but as the brain behind Ferran’s empire, the wizard who helped establish the terms of avant-garde cuisine, and the man as responsible as any other for turning elBulli into the most influential restaurant of the modern cooking era.

Chefs will stand in line to tell you about his brilliance. The first in line will be Ferran himself. “He is without a doubt the most complete cook working in the world today.”

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 (2014)

Famous by day, notorious by night.

After the finalé dinner, we’ll end up in the Barceloneta district and rise up to the 26th floor to W Hotel’s ultra-exclusive Eclipse, where the freshest cocktails are complemented by world-class DJs and live performances, all inspired by its stunning Mediterranean setting and edgy London personality.

Flirty with a touch of whimsy, Eclipse has changed the face of Barcelona’s nightlife and established itself as the city’s ultimate entertainment lifestyle destination for local tastemakers and global jet-setters alike.

Dining Impossible has private tables by the dance floor where bubbly bottles await them, overlooking Barcelona and its beaches. Here we end 72 remarkable hours in style.

DI 13.



Dining Impossible 13 – Barcelona is the full experience. Besides the extraordinaire dinners, it also includes receptions, selected transport and after parties at exclusive spots 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 Catalan storytelling.

Price per cover is confidential. Please contact Kristian Brask Thomsen at ambassador@bon-vivant.dk 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.