As guests arrived at the restaurant for lunch, they were greeted with specialty cocktail called the Modern Royale, made with Reyka Vodka, St. Germain, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and Moët Champagne. Welcome remarks were made by both Ms. Arnórdóttir and Mr. Gudjonsson.
The 2-hour lunch was filled with lively conversation amongst guests and many shouts of “Skål” (Icelandic for “Cheers”) as glasses were clinked. As each of the 7 courses was presented, the Chef’s Gunnar & Mads came out to explain each dish and the inspiration behind it. As the lunch appeared to be over, the chef’s surprised everyone with a surprise 7th dessert course.
The Taste of Iceland menu included:
- Course 1: Radishes in an oyster parsley emulsion
- Course 2: Winter Dried Catfish with pickled vegetables, burnt butter, and sweet and sour dill oil
- Course 3: Foie Gras & Langoustine with burnt lemon and white walnuts
- Course 4: Grilled Mackerel with napa cabbage and parsley sauce
- Course 5: Slow Cooked Pork Belly with celeriac puree, fried celeriac, and celery salad
- Course 6: Skyr with sorrel granité, apples, watercress, and horseradish
- *Surprise* Course 7: Blackberry, chanterelle foam, and wood sorrel
The media lunch served as the kick-off to the “A Taste of Iceland” festival, which runs October 3rd to 6th in New York City. Throughout the year, Iceland Naturally selects different U.S. cities to showcase Icelandic music, cuisine, and culture, and this is the festival’s first year in NYC. A menu similar to the one served at the media lunch is also being made available to the general public, with a ticketed dinner on Sunday, October 6th. There is also a free concert on October 5th called “Reykjavik Calling” at Le Poisson Rouge (featuring 3 Icelandic artists and 2 local NYC acts).
For a full calendar of events & ticketing information, visit: http://www.icelandnaturally.
Via AMP3 Public Relations. Photos by Peter Roessler/ShootMePeter.com