Olfactory Dinner Coming to Noel, Set to Arouse Your Senses

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The Noel restaurant in Zagreb will combine on December 19 the seemingly disparate – luxury and rare perfumes with the taste of exceptional ingredients

The curator of the dinner with an innovative concept is a perfume expert, who will guide guests through tastes and scents. Juraj Sotošek-Rihtarec has been in the world of refined and rare perfumes for years, with the crown of his career in Paris, where during his studies at Sorbonne he worked with the best perfumers.

Working together with the Noel team, he will attempt to offer a new experience in experiencing food, drink and perfume at the level of the best global restaurants. The special guest of the evening is coming from Paris: Sylvaine Delacourte, a woman who spent 30 years as director in the legendary cosmetics and perfume company Guerlain. Sylvaine Delacourte has earned an exceptional reputation in the world of luxury perfumes by working with the best perfumers of the world, such as Francis Kurkdjian, Pierre Bourdon, Olivia Giacobetti, also the right hand of Jean-Paul Guerlain, the man who created a perfume empire currently owned by the LVMH Group.


The olfactory dinner is an idea and concept already present in the world, with similar dinners taking place in New York and Paris, where chefs of famous restaurants combined the two to stimulate all senses in their guests. Although quite interesting, the concept did not find a place as a regular event, but as invitation only in restaurants with Michelin stars, where cuisine is especially modern, unusual and innovative.

The olfactory dinner refers to stimulating primarily scent. Paris chefs played with the scents of Thierry Mugler and managed to incorporate their famous Angel into éclairs, and combined ice cream with ylang-ylang, a flower whose essence is used in many perfumes signed by Chanel and Guerlain. In the Zagreb fine dining restaurant Noel the limits will be pushed even more – the dinner with five courses will see each course as a gastronomical interpretation of a perfume.

It could be said in advance that this dinner will hold the Dinner of the Year status, as besides food as gastronomical interpretations of perfume, the Noel cocktail master will create a cocktail to go with the courses, a reincarnation of perfume in drinkable form. Perfumes which served as the inspiration are extremely rare and luxurious, created by the best global perfumers in very limited quantities with the best and most expensive ingredients. One perfume creation of Sylvaine Delacourte will be combined into the dinner and she will present it herself, while the other four courses are inspired by the perfumes of: Ramon Monegal, who is the fourth generation of Spanish perfumers who also created for the Spanish royal family; Eccentric Molecules, a modern perfume brand based on the most modern molecules; Etat Libre d’Orange, a conceptual French brand pushing the limits of conventionality; and finally, Histoires de Parfum, one of the highest quality French perfume companies. Along with those listed, guests at Noel will be able to try other unique and rare perfumes.


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