The dinner is a fancy part of the whole event. In fact, the menu is kept secret until the actual dinner. One of the people involved in the whole thing said in an interview today that the menu is almost as secret as the actual award. Despite the award being Swedish, Alfred Nobel being Swedish, the menu’s main language is given in French.
There were quite a few American winners this week, and the TV personalities covering the event actually discussed the American table manners. They referred to the “Yankee” way of eating with only a fork and keeping it in your right hand instead of the fork in your left hand and knife in your right hand. They suggested that if an American wanted to be eccentric this would be a good way to eat at the Nobel Prize Dinner. Good. The reputation of our table manners precede us the world over.
But enough about that. Let’s get to the meat of the evening. The actual dinner. And so without further ado, the December 10th, 2007 Nobel Prize Dinner menu as brought to us by (as in I copy and pasted) the Nobel website:
Lobster aspic with dill-baked halibut and Kalix bleak roe
Young cockerel with cockerel sausage, accompanied by
almond potato and celery root terrine
Raspberry and blackcurrant parfait on beds of pistachio,
with vanilla ice cream
Jacquart Brut Mosaïque Millésimé 1996
Corton Grand Cru Grèves Bourgogne 2002
Domaine Jean-Claude Belland
Tri de Vendange Coteaux du Layon 2003
Remy Martin VSOP
Eau minérale Ramlösa
Next, I would like to present you with the December 10th, 2007 Hairy Swede Dinner menu as brought to you by me:
Chocolate shaped teddy bear from Advent calendar
Young Chicken Top Ramen, accompanied by tuna fish flavored with
lemon pepper herbs and moutard sandwich on buttered bread
Vanilla yogurt accompanied by sugar cookies
A quick note, apparently vegetarian options were offered at the Nobel Prize Dinner, but this wasn’t shown on the website. In regards to the Hairy Swede Dinner, no vegetarian options were available.
And there you have it, the difference between living in a very small apartment and just having found a real job, and being a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the food you get to eat on December 10th.