Noma Cooked Bugs for Justin Timberlake’s Album Party

The ‘Man of the Woods’ menu stayed close to the forest floor.

By Ethan L. Johns
January 18, 2018

Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

When fans and media members rolled up to a swank Manhattan loft on Tuesday night for an advance listening session of Justin Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods, they were likely unsurprised at the musician’s flannel-heavy getup. They were probably not, however, prepared for the hors d’oeuvres menu that was surprisingly appropriate, given the album’s title.

Attendees of the American Express-sponsored event were treated to a forager-friendly feast catered by the world-famous Nordic restaurant Noma. And the ants were served, not on a shrimp, but with black garlic and rose oil.

According to Variety, party-goers were surprised to find bugs on their plates. The food offerings, which were brought out after the new album was played, also included æbleskiver (Danish pankakes) with grasshopper, as well as more luxurious items like “black truffle flatbread” and “sea urchin and kelp pie.”

Considering that it is nearly impossible to snag a reservation at Noma, which was ranked as the world’s best restaurant for four years, we darn well hope that the lucky attendees ate their bugs and went back for seconds.

The first single from Timberlake’s new album is called “Filthy,” and was released on January 4th. It most definitely does not sound like it was made in the woods. The full album will be released to the public on February 2nd, right before the singer hits the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show on February 4th.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns