I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about what exactly Gelinaz! is and means (read my R&K story from 2013). I have been to, scratch that, participated in several events at this point and I really don’t know what is going to happen at each. I’m continued to be surprised at how and what occurs and I really don’t know what is going to happen next. I don’t think even the founders, Andrea Petrini and Alexandra Swenden, do.
The initial events were pricey, over the top dinners, but they branched out into private gatherings (Wylie Dufresne’s surprise birthday), city tours (Walk With Us São Paulo, London, etc), and global chef swaps where the guests attending the dinner don’t even know who is cooking at it until the end. Now they’re going to Upper Austria (is that even a place?).
Gelinaz! Does Upper Austria takes place on August 20 at Mühltalhof in Neufelden, the restaurant of Austrian father and son Helmut and Philip Rachinger, where 24 participating chefs will be serving food at seven different spaces in and around the restaurant. The chefs will work in teams of 3-4, riffing on three different dishes chosen by the Rachingers in any form they choose. Broken down into groups of 20, the guests will move from location to location, tasting 14-dishes and drinking all the way. At the end, everyone meets up at ‘The Gathering,’ a techno after party hosted by event art curator Joachim Eckl will be creating weird shit with a group of international artists.
Tickets go on sale on July 13th at 10am (CET) for $250. The event is limited to just 140 guests.
Here’s a short video about the event. You won’t understand anything after watching it.
Milena Broger, Klösterle, Lech, AUSTRIA
Manoela Buffara, Restaurante Manu, Curitiba, BRAZIL
Gabriela Camara, Cala, San Francisco, USA
David Chang, Momofuku Ko, New York, USA
May Chow, Little Bao, HONG KONG
Mauro Colagreco, Le Mirazur, Menton, FRANCE
Konstantin Filippou, Restaurant Konstantin Filippou, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Margot Janse, ex-Quartier Français, SOUTH AFRICA
Chiho Kanzaki, Virtus, Paris, FRANCE
Antonia Klugmann, L’Argine di Vinco, Cividale, ITALY
Karime Lopez, ex-Central, Modena, ITALY
Virgilio Martinez, Central, Lima, PERU
Lukas Mraz, Cordoba, Berlin, GERMANY
Lukas Nagl, Bootshaus, Das Traunsee, AUSTRIA
Magnus Nilsson, Fäviken, Järpen, SWEDEN
Colombe Saint-Pierre, Chez Saint-Pierre, Le Bic, CANADA
Rosio Sanchez, Hija de Sanchez, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Helmut & Philip Rachinger, Mühltalhof, Neufelden, AUSTRIA
Heinz Reitbauer, Steirereck, Vienna, AUSTRIA
René Redzepi, Noma, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Ana Roš, Hiša Franko, Kobarid, SLOVENIA
Felix Schellhorn, Hansi Hansi, Bad Gastein, AUSTRIA
Bo Songvisava, Bo.lan, Bangkok, THAILAND
Michael Pisaro / LOS ANGELES
Marcus Kaiser / DÜSSELFORF
Anna Pangalou / ATHENS
John Pisaro / LOS ANGELES
Annea Lockwood / NEW YORK
Joachim Eckl / NEUFELDEN
zanshin / VIENNA
Alfred Scharf/ LINZ