Word about this event just came down today and it's still a long way off yet, but I'm going to mention it now anyway because I know there are a certain number of you out there--a certain fanatical, totally obsessed and worldly minority--who are going to be 1) very fucking excited about this, and 2) will want to start clearing your schedules and making reservations right now.
Rene Redzepi, chef of Noma, guest at Mistral Kitchen
Remember back a few months ago when I wrote about the S. Pellegrino list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World? No? What do you mean, no?
Okay, fine. I guess I can't expect you to remember every little thing I talk about here. So let me refresh your memories a little bit.
"Today was the day that the S. Pellegrino list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants came out," I wrote back in April. "And after a years-long run of restaurants like El Bulli, the Fat Duck, Alinea and Per Se making up the absolute top of the list (El Bulli has actually led it for the past four years running), this year's top spot went to Noma in Copenhagen--an innovative restaurant to be sure (and one that has scored high in past lists), but most assuredly not one of the avant garde (like El Bulli, Alinea and their ilk). According to the Guardian's restaurant critic Jay Rayner, 'if it isn't available in the Nordic region, he [René Redzepi, the 32-year-old chef at Noma] won't cook with it. The result is a very idiosyncratic style of food that speaks to concerns about the way a global food culture turns our eating experiences a uniform beige.'"
Okay, well that guy--René Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, got tagged as being the single best restaurant on the entire freaking planet--is coming to Seattle. He's going to be here for one day only, for a book event and a dinner in support of his new cookbook/memoir/tell-all called Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine.
And if you've got the pesos and the desire, you can go and have dinner with him. Details after the jump.
Redzepi will be coming to Mistral Kitchen on October 5. He's going to be doing a press-only event that afternoon, followed by a public event at 6pm which will include "an evening of conversation, cocktails and appetizers inspired by [the] new book NOMA: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine," according to the event listing online.
Mistral Kitchen chef William Belickis will be preparing the grub after the fashion of Redzepi's obsession with freshness and locality--sticking exclusively to foraged Northwest ingredients, local seafood, fruits and vegetables. And the price of a ticket ($150, which seems steep, but really isn't considering that, unless you travel regularly to Denmark, this really is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities) includes not only food, drinks and entertainment, but a signed copy of the $50 book as well.
The only thing that would make this better would be if Redzepi was actually cooking himself. But considering that the man works exclusively with ingredients available in and around his restaurant in Denmark and that shipping all that stuff to the United States in quantities large enough to cover all the appearances he'll be making would probably be somewhat cost-prohibitive, having Belickis standing at the stoves instead ain't a bad compromise.
More information about the event is available here. And tickets (which are still available as of the moment I posted this, but will probably go quickly) can be gotten by calling the office of Kim Ricketts of Cooks & Books at 206-632-2419.
If I were you, I wouldn't wait too long to make that call.