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Friday
Apr262013

Invites Recap: New Nordic Dinner at Chocopologie c/o Fritz Knipschildt

So what happens when creative and innovative chefs are given the chance to create a special dinner inspired by their homeland, Denmark and The World’s Best Restaurant, NOMA of Copenhagen??

Well…a 10 Course “New Nordic” Dinner with Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie presented by CTbites Invites, turns into a true culinary happening. I lost count, but 10 courses turned into 16 courses, each paired with local wines from CT, Upstate NY and Long Island and beers from local breweries; Southport Brewing Company and City Steam of Stratford. 

But first a little food history as Fritz explained the evening ahead.  In November 2004, on the initiative of the Danish chefs René Redzepi and Claus Meyer of the then newly opened NOMA restaurant, chefs and food professionals from all the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen to discuss how best to develop what they called the "New Nordic Cuisine." In particular, they sought to emphasize the need for what they described as "purity, simplicity, and freshness" as well as increased use of seasonal foods. Restaurants were encouraged to develop traditional dishes making use of ingredients benefitting from the local region's climate, water, and soil.

As Fritz stressed, this cuisine was taking the farm-to table movement one step further, by foraging the earth for unique flavors and ingredients by using fresh herbs, moss, edible flowers and burnt hay to enhance the flavors of each dish.  

Each dish was a work of art as Fritz and Chef Christian Wilki created and plated for our viewing and dining pleasure.  The menu, noted here, really does not do justice to the flavors and the experience as smoky burnt hay was sprinkled over potato puree, fresh oysters were topped with licorice foam and paired with Connecticut Pale Ale, and a perfectly cooked quail egg was decorated with moss, violets and the seasons first fresh carrots. 

And The Menu...

Scallop tartar/asparagus/rhubarb jelly

Smoked mashed potato puree/carrot/burnt hay

Egg flan/pine dust/winesap apples/ hollandaise over straw nest 

Pea soup/clams

Smoked tilefish/radishes/pea sprouts/chive hollandaise/ Brotherhood Dry Reisling

Oysters/ Licorice foam/ SBC Pale Ale

½ quail egg, moss, violets, fresh carrot/ Bedell Chardonnay

Mixed berry sorbet

Seared duck breast/scallions/parsnip puree/ Bedell Taste Rose

Beef Tenderloin /pommes fondant/thyme glaze/ Bedell Cabernet Franc

3 cheeses, home made crackers/apple pear compote/Blueberry Port

Berry soup served with vanilla gelato

Gooseberry tartlet w/pinenut crust & white chocolate mousse

Chocopologie Signature Chocolate Martini


And of course….being at Chocopologie, no dinner would be complete without a decadent dessert of : 

Flourless chocolate cake, elderflower crème Brule, berry coulis /City Steam Naughty Nurse Amber Ale.

The incredible evening lasted close to midnight, but no one seemed to mind as the relaxed and candlelight ambiance provided by Chocopologie and the spirited conversation and friendly chatter among true “foodies “made for a special and memorable evening.  

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Reader Comments (4)

I love the way Fritz pairs seemingly disparate ingredients and makes them work in a dish. Sounds like an incredible evening, thanks for sharing Ellen!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

It was a crazy, epic meal. The dishes were both inventive and delicious. The pairings were perfect (including two beers and a cider I put on my list to purchase this weekend). And he kept the surprises coming with lots of plates that weren't even on the printed menu. I think I counted 5 distinct dessert dishes (not including the chocolate martini). I underestimated the length of the meal and only paid for 3 hours of parking. It ran closer to 4, and I got a ticket. But it was well worth it :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Thanks for putting together another great event CTbites!
We were also given 3 chocolate truffles at the very end of the meal.
Do you recall what the fillings were?

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTK

Hi TK- Thanks for joining us! As per Fritz, these are brand new flavors that will be available online sometime next month...but to keep your mouth watering we had a sample tastiing Tuesday night of:

Smoked Hay White Chocolate Ganache
Pine Needle Bonbon
Lingonberry Bonbon

Ellen

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterellen bowen

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