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Lela Rose Hosts Ferran Adria and The Drawing Center

Alexandra Evjen

January 31, 2014

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When The Drawing Center asked designer Lela Rose to host a benefit dinner for world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria at her TriBeCa loft, she “jumped at the opportunity.” When Rose invited NM to collaborate on linens and tableware for the fete, we couldn’t resist either.

Lela Rose putting the finishing touched on the suspended table.
Lela Rose puts the finishing touches on the suspended table.
Table setting
Table setting.

The occasion was the New York museum’s opening of Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity. The exhibit, which will be on display until the end of February, showcases the famed gastronomist’s creative process, in particular sketches he used to visualize dishes at El Bulli. The three-Michelin-star restaurant in Roses, Spain, topped Restaurant Magazine’s list of the world’s best restaurants a record five times before closing in 2011 to reemerge as a center for culinary creativity.

Chef Mario Batali, Lela Rose and daughter
Chef Mario Batali, Lela Rose and her daughter.

“I was lucky enough to eat at El Bulli before its doors closed,” says Rose. “It was such a foodie mecca; dining there was dream come true. I loved seeing Chef Adrià and his team at work—true genius.”

For the five-course dinner, Rose relied on an all-star roster of chefs: Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Dominique Ansel (yes, he made Cronuts). Each contributed one course, plus an amuse-bouche for the cocktail hour, leaving her free to play host to the 60 guests from the art, fashion, and culinary worlds.

Oyster tray
Oyster hors d’oeuvres.

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“It’s completely nerve-racking, especially to have chefs on that level cooking in your kitchen and seeing what’s in your fridge! But that’s why so much planning went into it. I wanted every guest to feel like they were part of something really special and unique—the first rule of being a great hostess.”

Rose drew inspiration from Adrià’s work for every element of the party, from the handcrafted invitations and cocktails frozen with liquid nitrogen to the woodland tablescape. “I wanted the table to feel like a magical adventure. Everywhere you look there’s a little surprise peeking out, and I incorporated elements Adrià enjoys using, like fennel flowers, rosemary, and lavender.”

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Contributing to the magic, a special capsule collection that marks Rose’s first foray into the world of home accessories. The white grid-lace linen placements and napkins and an assorted set of four dessert plates all will be available exclusively at NeimanMarcus.com. “Entertaining is woven into my lifestyle,” says Rose. “Creating a tabletop collection was a natural extension.”

Shop this Lela Rose capsule collection at neimanmarcus.com in mid-February.

All photos by Rachel Scroggins, courtesy of Lela Rose.

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