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A taste of surrealism - Fine dining in Boijmans

Tuesday 16 May

Start from 6.00 pm


The chefs: Fred Mustert, Gert Blom, Erik van Loo and Mario de Ridder. Photographer Suzanne van de Kerk. Cover of the English edition of Dalí, Les dîners de Gala. (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016. Chef Erik van Loo. Photographer: Suzanne van de Kerk. Dalí. Les dîners de Gala, p. 16-17. (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016. Chef Gert Blom. Photographer: Suzanne van de Kerk. Dalí. Les dîners de Gala, p. 164-165. (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016. Chef Fred Mustert. Photographer: Suzanne van de Kerk. Dalí. Les dîners de Gala, p. 272-273. (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016. Chef Mario de Ridder. Photographer: Suzanne van de Kerk. Dalí. Les dîners de Gala, p. 56-57. (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016.

Specially for the exhibition ‘Mad About Surrealism’, four of Rotterdam’s top chefs have taken inspiration from Salvador Dalí’s cookbook ‘Les Dîners de Gala’. On 22 March and 18 April 2017, Erik van Loo, Fred Mustert, Gert Blom and Mario Ridder, who have six Michelin stars between them, will serve an exclusive four-course dinner in the museum’s restaurant, The Paviljoen. This four-course star dinner includes an evening visit to Mad About Surrealism. The last evening during which you may taste surrealism, on Tuesday 16 May. The last diner on 16 May is sold out. 

Mad About Surrealism

The dinner will be preceded by a special evening private view. From 6.00 p.m. Boijmans will open its doors for an exclusive visit to the exhibition ‘Mad About Surrealism’ during which guides will provide an introduction to masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró and many others.

Heaven and Earth

Following the visit to the exhibition, you will take your seat at the dinner table. Each of the four chefs will serve a single course, paired with an appropriate wine. The starter will be prepared by Gert Blom from Restaurant Amarone. Erik van Loo from Parkheuvel will then serve the entremets entitled ‘Heaven and Earth’. Fred Mustert of FRED is responsible for the main course and the dinner will conclude with a surprising dessert created by Mario Ridder from Restaurant Joelia. 

For an impression of the evening, you may see this video: 

Cookery class with Salvador Dalí

‘Les Dîners de Gala’, Salvador Dalí’s cookbook dedicated to his wife and muse Gala, was originally published in French in 1973. Taschen issued the first English edition in the autumn of 2016. The dishes are designed primarily with the sensual pleasure of eating in mind. Some of the recipes were created by legendary French restaurants such as Lasserre, Maxim’s and Le Train Bleu. Great attention has been given to the visual appeal of the dishes for, as Dalí himself said, ‘a well-presented woodcock has the perfection of a painting by Raphael. ‘Les Dîners de Gala’ (Taschen via Librero), 320 pages, price €49.99, is available in the museum shop.  

Surrealism on the menu at restaurants in Rotterdam

During the course of the exhibition, Amarone, FRED, Joelia and Parkheuvel will be serving special Surrealist dishes or menus. Also in other restaurants in Rotterdam, such as 'In de keuken van Floris, Bar Restaurant Dertien, Vroesenpaviljoen, NRCcafé  you can taste surrealism.