Round Top Productions is pleased to team up with Chef Henning Nordanger to bring Babette's Feast to your table. Enjoy a memorable and delectable evening screening this Oscar-winning 1987 Danish movie and sharing in Babette's remarkable meal.
Based on a story by British writer Isak Dinesen, the film is not only about food, but also love, generosity, and spiritual fulfillment. Watch a short video clip of A.O. Scott, film critic of The New York Times, discussing Babette's Feast . . . where the meal is "lingered over in wonderful detail."
Set in 19th-century Denmark, on Babette's menu: Potage à la Tortue (turtle soup) served with Amontillado sherry; Blinis Demidoff (buckwheat pancakes with caviar and sour cream) served with Veuve Cliquot champagne; Cailles en Sarcophage (quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce) served with Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noir; endive salad; Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée (rum sponge cake with figs and candied cherries) served with Champagne; assorted cheeses and fruits served with Sauternes; coffee with vieux marc Grande Champagne cognac
Recommended guests: 12-24
Suggested locations: private homes, galleries and museums, special event-type spaces
In 2012, Norwegian chef Henning Nordanger opened his critically-acclaimed restaurant Henning's Local in Cochecton Center, a remote town in Sullivan County in the western Catskills. There he serves his own take on American comfort food (with a bit of a Scandinavian twist), with all ingredients sourced locally. In nearby Cochecton, he recently created the menu for the recently-opened Cochecton Fire Station, a community bar in the town's old fire station. Henning also hosts cooking classes at his restaurant taught by fellow chef, Cheryl Perry, of Red Barn Studio.
Born and raised in Bergen, Norway and Escoffier-trained, Henning worked in several large hotel restaurants and mountain resorts throughout his home country, as well as for the King of Norway on his royal yacht. After coming to the United States over 20 years ago, Henning began cooking in New York City, both in restaurants and as a private chef. He moved upstate in 2006. Babette's Feast is his second favorite movie (after Fight Club).
’Henning’s Local: Destination Dining on the Upper Delaware’ in Upstater, published by Chronogram