Wowie wow wow. Ferran Adrià, the Spanish chef who invented the dissassociative way of cooking that brought foams, spheres, and powders to the plate is coming to Minnesota this fall to celebrate, Ferran Adrià: Notes On Creativity, an exhibition of his drawings at the MIA (now called Mia). Part of the time he’ll participate in a talk with the great Spanish chef José Andrés and Minnesota’s pride and joy Andrew Zimmern. He’ll also be participating in a tasting designed by a who’s-who of local chefs and bartenders whose work has been inspired by molecular gastronomy, including Tim McKee and Niki Francioli (La Belle Vie), Steven Brown (Tilia), Mike DeCamp (Monello), Steve Hesse (Libertine), Lenny Russo (Heartland), Russell Klein (Meritage), Erick Harcey (Victory 44), Isaac Becker (112 Eatery), Jim Christiansen and Jo Garrison (Heyday), Diane Yang (Spoon and Stable), Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), and James Winberg, Mike Brown, Kale Thome, and Bob Gerken (Travail). Oh, and there will also be cocktails from Bradstreet Crafthouse. The event is Friday, October 9. And while the talk is free it requires registration, and tickets for the tasting are $150 (or $120 for Mia members). Everything goes on sale through Mia’s website on August 25.
Oh, and running from September 17–January 3, the exhibit itself should also be fantastic. I’ve seen the book that came out of New York’s Drawing Center’s exhibit (you can leaf through it digitally here) and I know chefs who have the book and love it because it illuminates Adrià’s thought process and makes his pure creativity, which often inspires boundary-pushing food, so vivid.
The exhibit coupled with the live events truly make this the Minnesota food event of the year, so everyone freak out and then get ready to buy tickets, because they'll sell out in a snap. And hats off to Mia for putting together a food event that will blow the modern food-lovers mind.