Throughout 2018 Sangue na Guelra–Blood ‘n Guts will create a limited series of immersive experiences in the most legendary room at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon with some of the biggest names in world gastronomy.
On the 10th floor, the door of the Presidential Suite opens only for those who hold the key. Inside, the table is set comme il faut, bringing out the hotel’s collection from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. An unprecedented dinner for 20 people only is underway, while in the hotel’s labyrinthine, backstage, a chef puts the finishing touches on a dish, but on the king-size bed, you can already taste something: welcome to the Ritz’s Secret Room by Sangue na Guelra.
Each dinner will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a discreet yet engaging artistic performance that crosses the irreverent cuisine of the invited international chefs together with the hotel’s team and a handful of Portuguese artists.
The first experience will take place on 14 April 2018 and will bring chef Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi, 3 Michelin stars, Spain) to Portugal. Alex Atala (DOM, 2 Michelin stars, Brazil) on 25 April, Mauro Colagreco (Mirazur, 2 Michelin stars, France) in September and Toño Perez (Atrio, 2 Michelin stars, Spain) in October, who also promise to “set ablaze” the hotel’s Presidential Suite with just a dash of provocation. Each dinner will be accompanied by an equally exceptional selection of national and international wines, with top references from Sogrape, Esporão, Bairrada and Château d’Yquem.
Dressed by Storytailors, Gabriela Marques, the hotel’s sommelier, will also be part of the cast, taking on the mysterious character of a film noir, while the rest of the waiting staff seems to emerge from the 1950s in a story that will for now be told in four chapters, and whose ending will forever remain unwritten.
The hotel’s executive chef Pascal Meynard said enthusiastically: “We’re absolutely stoked to kick-start 2018 with these unique dining experiences.” The Ritz’s Secret Room came to be following the Young Chefs with Guts dinner at Varanda restaurant in May 2017, and is a Sangue na Guelra production in partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, with the artistic participation of Alice Joana Gonçalves and the support of Vogue Portugal.
“We believe in crafting remarkable experiences for our clients in Lisbon, and after many months in the works, in 2018 the Ritz’s Secret Room will see a series of the world’s most exciting culinary talent go hand in hand with the hotel’s food and beverage team to grace us with what we believe will be truly memorable pop-up dinners,” explained communications director Diana Castello Branco.
- Base price: EUR 550, varying according to the invited chef and wine pairing