Foraging superstar and chef René Redzepi is closing his famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma, which has been named the best restaurant in the world multiple times. According to the New York Times, he plans to reopen Noma in 2017 “with a new menu and a new mission.” A major pillar of the new business will be an urban farm with the restaurant at its center, much like chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. Redzepi notes, “It makes sense to have your own farm at a restaurant of this caliber.” The new Noma will relocate to Copenhagen’s “freewheeling Christiania neighborhood,” to an abandoned lot where empty warehouses and plenty of graffiti decorate the landscape.
Copenhagen’s big, and Whitewater is small, but we have this advantage that Chef Redzepi can only match at great expense and effort: we are even now surrounded by fresh, local produce of fine quality and variety. He can – and surely will – find the delicious ingredients he needs for his new establishment.
We, too, have delicious produce, suitable for fine meals, and it’s within our reach even now. Table after table, basket after basket, all around us. Fields, gardens, pastures, greenhouses: we’re brimming with what so many wish they could enjoy.
There’s a political slogan that’s something like ‘we are the change we’ve been looking for.’ Well, for ingredients, we’re the place we’ve been looking for.
Here, so very close, marvelous foods, available so often as we should like.