Restaurant 1683, a tribute to Gaggenau’s 333rd anniversary year, is the first in a series of events of a three-year campaign, celebrating the culinary culture of the brand. With a four-night pop-up at the Chelsea Art Beam gallery, the restaurant brings an extraordinary experience, an epicurean journey to the brand´s origin, to Manhattan.
The invite-only experience starts with a trip 333 years back, focusing on the mythical beginnings of Gaggenau, a forge where a spark of fire and the strike of the hammer marked the age of the industrial craftsmanship. Guest are greeted in an entry with a ceiling height 3-dimensional cut out of a Black Forest chalet cuckoo clock flanked by three ladies in traditional costume.
Stepping through time, the guests are lead to a dim cocktail reception, where a stack of rough wood boards from the Black Forest form an 8 meter long bar counter. Reminiscent of a blacksmith shop, the setting is completed by a real blacksmith. The fire and the hammering as he forges nails, just the way it was done in 1683, culminates in the presence of the contemporary Gaggenau masterpiece EB 333.
The main chapter of the dinner starts as the guests move towards the next space; they step through a black curtain to see a floor to ceiling waterfall which encircles them as they pass through a short corridor of mirrors. Once around the waterfall, guests find themselves midst of a Black Forest setting, appealing to all of their senses, surrounded by tall pines and ferns, with the soothing sounds of rushing water and intermittent chirping of woodland birds. The air is cool and misty, the room dark with streaks of light cutting through tall trees, smells of rich soil and wood wrap you; a surreal forest that feels a thousand miles away.
Bedded in moss, six dinning stations (inspired in the traditional A-frame houses) find their place within the forest. Here the chefs prepare a menu wich marries the rich, earthy flavours of the Black Forest with modern cooking techniques. Under the culinary direction of three Michelin star Chef Daniel Humm food is prepared right in front the plates and immediatly enjoyed – a private dining experience in the middle of the forest.