What’s on the Menu at the Met Gala This Year?

met gala food menu

The Met Gala is easily the world’s most important fashion event. Every year, since it started in 1948, it sees the biggest names in pop culture flock to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to celebrate fashion, while fundraising for the museum.

This year’s Met Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, with Bad Bunny, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez and Zendaya as co-chairs. The theme of Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion asks guests to reimagine how they can engage with garments too fragile to be worn again. It also highlights the natural realms, land, sea and sky, according to Vogue UK.

As for what guests will be dining on inside, that’s yet to be shared and likely won’t be until after the event. Most of what happens inside the gala is rarely shared with the public. However, we can look to what was served at the Met Gala in previous years to help give us an idea of what to expect this year.

Met Gala food menu
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Last year, the Met Gala theme was Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, to honour the legendary designer who died in 2019. It was reported that the food served inside the gala was inspired by what Lagerfeld served at his dinner parties, attended by Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell and Manolo Blahnik.

The 2023 gala’s menu was curated by Vogue’s special events department with help from caterer Olivier Cheng. Cheng told Vogue at the time the menu was designed to pay homage to Lagerfeld’s favourite foods and global palate.

Guests dined on chilled spring pea soup with baby vegetables, lemon crème fraiche and truffle snow before tucking into King salmon with vegetable nage, asparagus, pickled strawberries and radish. The meal was finished with various petit fours.

“These dishes were created to maintain seasonality while using some of his favourite ingredients, such as King salmon,” Cheng told the magazine. “There is a sophisticated elegance to these pairings, one we feel that he would have truly enjoyed.”

On the drinks menu was wine and Diet Coke, Lagerfeld’s favourite drink. He was said to drink up to 10 a day. The food was served among interiors designed to emulate Lagerfeld’s 18th-century Paris apartment’s library, reports Tatler Asia.

The table settings used at the gala were replicas from a 1978 dinner Lagerfeld threw for Paloma Picasso and Rafael Lopez-Sanchez in 1978 after their wedding’s civil ceremony. That dinner party lasted until 8am and Lagerfeld told WWD it showcased his house at its best.

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