You most probably will never get a Nobel Prize, but you can dine on the same food served at the awards dinner. Just head to Stockholm.
The 2021 Nobel Banquet, celebrating the year’s Nobel laureates, takes place annually on December 10th.
Each year’s banquet has a unique gourmet menu with Scandinavian accents.
You can view the menus dating back to 1901, the first year the prizes were awarded (excepting the war years and 2020, when Covid-19 canceled the banquet).
Since 1934, the banquet has been held in the Blue Hall of Stockholm’s City Hall, which seats 1,300 guests.
You too can feast in City Hall—although not on the same day, and not in the same room.
Instead, you can enjoy the banquet at The Stadshuskällaren, the City Hall Cellars (which is, as the name says, in the cellar of City Hall).
The restaurant features menus from years past—for example, the main dish from the Nobel banquet of 2017, saddle of lamb and bilberry bavaroise.
Want a dish that fêted one of your Nobel heroes?
Fans of Gabriel García Márquez can have the banquet from 1982 (including Arctic char in dill cream sauce and Nobel ice cream).
Marie Curie devotees can toast her 1911 chemistry prize by dining on fonds d´artichauts duchesse and poularde fermière (artichoke bottoms “duchess-style” and farm chicken).
Want to make your own Nobel Prize dinner at home?
Pick your birth year, pick specific winners, create the dinner on whatever theme you like.
You’ll have to create the recipes, though: The menus are given, but that’s all—except there are beautiful photographs of the dishes from the more recent years.
By the way, The Stadshuskällaren serves à la carte, a tasting menu and Nobel menus for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
Stadshuskällarens, a classic Christmas smorgasbord (buffet) is served this year from December 3rd to December 19th.
The buffet is divided into three parts:
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The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden, and based on the fortune of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and entrepreneur.
Each prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.
A person or organization awarded the Nobel Prize is called Nobel Prize laureate. The word “laureate” refers to being signified by a laurel wreath.
In ancient Greece, laurel wreaths were awarded to victors as a sign of honor.
There are 6 prize categories: Chemistry, Economics, Literature, Physics, Peace, and Physiology or Medicine.
Since the awards began in 1901: