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El Somni Is Truly a Culinary Opera Dream Come True

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For over a year now the famed Roca Brothers of Spain have been crafting a unique culinary presentation, El Somni, a culinary opera.

Their truly amazing creation is a stunning collaboration of cuisine, form, music and wonder – worthy of the esteemed name, ‘Opera’.

The universality of this 'great work' (for that is what the word ‘opera’ actually means), is reflected in the diversity of the first 12 individuals invited to experience the work.

The premiere guest list included an HIV researcher, a fellow chef, an anthropologist, an actress, a theoretical physicist, a poet, an artist, a film director, a research biologist, a conductor, a food writer and a robotics researcher.

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The composition of the work is divided into 12 concepts or courses that wrap the viewing diner in The Dream that is the experience’s title translated.

The courses pay homage to the great French chef François Vatel, who killed himself in 1671 when his concept for a vital banquet that was to be served to the French King Louis XIV was destroyed by the late delivery of fresh fish from the coast.

Such was the temperament of a dedicated artist when art was an expected part of the 'noble' life.


  • Prelude: Water Nymph (Vegetable soup at low temperature, sprouts, flowers and light)
  • The Dream Begins (Moon)
  • Space (Foams frost Indian figue) 
  • Ophiucus (Electric eel)
  • Under the Sea (Shrimps, plankton, and anemones, sea urchins, cockles, seawater, crustaceans)
  • Garden of the Hesperides (Anarkia)
  • The Courtship (Ying yang Palo Cortado oysters with garlic and white all black)
  • The Carnality (Pueblano pigeon breast with mole, grilled strawberries and roses)
  • Apple/Brittle (Golden apple)
  • War (Royal hare roial with blood orange and beet)
  • Mercy/Death (Parmentier potatoes with purple bone marrow,caviar, purple flowers and incense smoke)
  • Glory (Dessert mass mother, mother dough ice cream)
  • Awakening (Sweet spring)
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Yet the wonder of the evening does not rest solely on the event's innovation cuisine. Expanding on the talents developed in the three brothers’ world famous restaurant,El Celler de Can Roca, these three creative chefs also collaborated with a diverse group of visual artists, includingFranc Aleu, Daniel Molina, Pere Grife,andPeret, to create an experience that defies the limits of culinary classification.

After its initial premiere in Barcelona, this unique work will be hosted at 12 different locations around the world, followed by a documentary book, exhibit and finallya filmby Mediapro.

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If possible, do all you can to attend.  Like listening to great opera performed well for the first time, afterwards you will never view the world in quite that same way as before. And that is, truly, the definition of great art. 

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Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2013

Jazz Master B.B. King Wine Released!

The one and only B.B. King, known as the “King of the Blues”, is releasing a new line of signature wines under his legendary name stateside.

The red and white wines will be produced by Spain's Bodega Santa Cruz Winery, which has been producing wine for more than 60 years

Their wine heritage almost equals (but not quite) that of B.B. King in music. Beginning in 1949, B.B. King began recording and touring and he never stopped.

To date, he has won over 15 Grammy awards, performed in over 88 countries, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and influenced musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton. Not a bad resume that. 

It was during the 1991 Legends of Guitar Concert Series in Seville that B.B. King savored Spanish’s then little known wines. The memory of their depth and elegance lingered in his mind like his music does for his devoted fans worldwide. 

Now there’s an actual wine to match the music. B.B. King Signature Collection Red 2010 is a Crianza wine blend crafted from a trio of garnacha, syrah and cabernet sauvignon.

The B.B. King Signature Collection White 2011 is, however, 100% verdejo grapes. Both wines are well suited to match with food and every day enjoyment. Bravo!

The wines will debut at the B.B. King’s Blues Clubs in Nashville, Memphis, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Their release there will match simultaneous with roll-outs at quality retail stores, popular wine bars and leading music clubs across the U.S.

Fantastic - A true concert, now with wine! Thank you B.B. King!

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2013