Forget Noma’s $2k dinners — the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is charging a whopping $5,000 for the privilege to eat dinner prepared by World’s Best Restaurant chef Massimo Bottura in New York City: It’s an invite-only, black-tie event in December in collaboration with The Promotion Factory and marketing experience agency GR8.
Actor Chazz Palminteri will play host both nights, which starts with a private ferry ride and a brief tour of Ellis Island, followed by a Champagne reception and dinner. Those lucky enough to score an invite — in full below — are then asked to pony funds starting at $5,000 a person. Update: Gr8 tells Eater that an unspecified percentage of ticket sales will benefit God’s Love We Deliver, a charity that provides meals to the needy.
Bottura is chef-owner of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, the high-end restaurant that scored the top spot on the World’s 50 best list in 2016, and earned the number two spot this year. At these NYC dinners on December 1 and 2, he’ll personally prepare a six-course tasting menu of his “signature dishes” — here he explains his most famous dish, the five ages of Parmesan — with wine pairings from sommelier Roberto Cipresso.
It’s definitely an unusual experience, but for less money, a diner could buy a plane ticket to Modena and stay overnight to eat at Osteria Francescana itself.