A Floating Dinner Party in Oslo, Michelin Star Chef Included
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On a recent July evening, 20 dinner guests gathered for a lamplit mid-summer feast on floating pallets tethered to a riverbank in the middle of Oslo. They felt as if they'd won a lottery—and in a way, they had. It all started a few weeks earlier, when Oslo-based food events promoter Food Studio mysteriously tweeted "Tickets for sale—if you can follow the clues to find them" before sending a roving bicyclist to several secret destinations, with a handful of tickets. By the cyclist's second stop, the tickets were sold out. The reason for the excitement: The dinner on the banks of the Akerselva River was a collaboration among Food Studio, 2-Michelin star restaurant Maaemo , and micro coffee roaster Tim Wendelboe , with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Here's what the golden ticket holders saw when they arrived for dinner: Photographs via Food Studio except where noted. Above: "A long table had been set up on a pontoon right on the edge of the river. Great orbs of light hung from neighboring trees and a large sail overhead provided shelter," recalls Nordic Nibbler , one of the guests in attendance. "Next to us was an open fire, flickering and crackling and giving off that smell so evocative of open-air cooking." Above: A five-course dinner was prepared outdoors by Maaemo's chefs. Above: One course featured langoustines cooked in pine butter over an open fire. "A pine infusion was poured over dry ice, releasing clouds of pine-scented smoke across the table," recalls Nordic Nibbler . Photograph via Luma . Above: The theme of the evening: a tribute to the forest. Above: Printed menus and formal place settings greeted the diners. Above: Wine stayed chilled in the river. Above: Each course was paired with a different wine or beer. Photograph via Luma . Above: A 200-pound wild boar was buried in a roasting pit with hot stones. Photograph via Luma . Above: The meal ended with Kenyan coffee from the Kapsokisio Cooperative , lightly roasted by Tim Wendelboe. For more open air entertaining by Food Studio, see Into the Field: A Dinner in an Oslo Greenhouse on Gardenista.