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A Meal, Inspired by Fragrance

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When I worked in restaurants, there would often be a rule found somewhere, deep within the employee handbook, specifying that servers weren’t allowed to wear perfume. There was also one about no nail polish, or outlandish facial jewelery, but since those ones never applied to me anyway, I paid them no mind.

But the strict fragrance rule makes sense: smell is a big part of how we experience taste. A duo in New York City is taking that idea, and running with it.  

NYC-based chef Tessa Liebman of Methods & Madness is teaming up with MCMC Fragrances to create a four course “sensory” dinner, each course of which is inspired by one MCMC Fragrance. Diners will start with a yuzu and basil cocktail, and move on to duck confit with jasmine flowers and oysters with plum jam. If that doesn’t sound fancy enough for you, you should know about the innovative coffee palate cleansers, created by coffee expert Ezra Baker, that will punctuate each course. Their only requirement? That diners come completely free of any perfumes or scented products.

If you can give yours up, you have until Sunday, July 29th, 6:30 pm to get to the east coast.