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Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson and Trippy Art Cube Dining Pop-Ups Hit Austin

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Nordic pop-ups and art dining experiences in November.

Monkey Town 6
Monkey Town 6
Monkey Town 6/Official

Magnus Nilsson, head chef of Fäviken Magasinet in Sweden, is making an Austin stop as part of six-city dinner series for his latest book, The Nordic Cookbook. Each city on the tour, presented by publisher Phaidon Press and Dinner Lab, will feature a different critically-acclaimed Nordic chef preparing a five course dinner, inspired by the recipes and traditions captured in the book. Icelandic chef Gísli Matthías Auðunsson will be preparing the dishes for the Austin leg of the tour, which will include dried cod, sheep's head, and "trout smoked over sheep's dung." Nilsson will be present to share his experience of traveling the Nordic region while compiling the recipes. There are two dinners in Austin on Wednesday, November 18, one at 6:30 p.m., and another at 8:30 p.m.

Then there’s Monkey Town 6, which considers itself "the first experimental completely immersive film and food experience." This unique concept will feature 5-course dinners created by Sonya Coté of Eden East and Hillside Farmacy. 40 dinner guests will sit inside of a 27 foot, four-screen cube that will depict a two hour video program, along with live performances. Monkey Town is a project which began in Brooklyn in 2003 as a video/music installation and evolved into a pop-up cinema and dining concept. The pop-up will stick around at its temporary home on 2416 E. 6th Street for three months starting on Friday, November 6 until February. Tickets range from $45 to $65 depending on the day of the week.

— Anastacia Uriegas