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New York, N.Y. — NORTH 2014 Nordic Food Festival kicks off this Friday, September 12, with various

kitchen collaborations, cooking classes at the International Culinary Center, exclusive dinners at the NORTH Pop

Up, and the Street Food Festival at Brooklyn Brewery.

The first of five kitchen collaborations will begin this Friday. Executive Chef Ben Pollinger of Michelin-

Starred Oceana and Norwegian Chef Frode Selvaag have come together to create NORTH-specific menu items

such as Hot Smoked Norwegian Mackerel Toasts Appetizer and Whole Grilled Sterling White Halibut for two.

This kitchen collaboration will last the duration of the festival, from September 12 through September 19. Call

Oceana at (212) 759 - 5941 to reserve a table.

ACME Executive Chef Mads Refslund and Finish Chef Sasu Laukkonen have joined forces to create a

one-night-only NORTH menu highlighting seasonal vegetables and local terroir. This collaboration will take

place on September 14. Call ACME at (212) 203 - 2121 to reserve a table.

Also on September 14, James Kim of NYC’s SKAL and Gisli Matthias Audunsson of Iceland’s Slippurinn

will serve a one-night-only eight course menu.

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Courses include: Burnt Haddock, Diver Scallop, Langustines and Wolffish, Lemon Sole, Arctic Char,

Lambs Head, Blueberries and Heirloom Tomato. Visit http://skalnyc.com/reservations to reserve your spot.

The kitchen collaborations will finish out on September 16 with two different collaborations.

Cull & Pistol’s Chef David Seigal and visiting chef Fredrick Andersson from Gothenburg will serve a five

course menu with beverage pairings for $100, plus tax and tip. Call (646) 568 - 1223 to reserve a table at either

the 6:30pm or 8:30pm seating.

Emma Bengtsson, Head Chef at Aquavit, and Chef Frida Ronge of vrA in Sweden will offer a six course

menu with beverage pairings for $200, inclusive of tax and gratuity. To book a table, email reservations to

aquavitreservation@aquavit.org.

In addition to these kitchen collaborations, NORTH 2014 Nordic Food Festival is made up of cooking

classes at the International Culinary Center, exclusive dinners at the NORTH Pop Up, and the Nordic Street Food

Festival at Brooklyn Brewery.

The festival begins this weekend and will run from September 12 through September 19 at various

locations throughout NYC.

To purchase tickets to any of these events and to find out more information, visit www.northfoodfestival.com

CONTACT:

Jenny Bingham, communications assistant

jenny@honestcooking.com

 

The gold of Kalix

It would be hard to top an introductory experience to Swedish food than with vendace roe from Kalix on buttery toast; glistening golden-orange roe on a piece of crispy butter-fried white bread, finely chopped red onion, a dollop of crème fraîche, a squeeze of lemon, a sprig of dill and a dusting of black pepper. This is the Swede’s favourite way to enjoy the gold of Kalix. For the full-on Swedish experience? Pour yourself a chilled beer and punctuate with shots of ice-cold vodka.

The vendace roe from Kalix, called Kalix löjrom, is Sweden’s answer to sturgeon caviar. It differs in taste, texture and price, but has an amazing freshness, a delicate flavour, supple texture and subtle saltiness.

Eateries spreading out

The rapid growth in the Swedish restaurant sector is not confined to big cities. Establishments offering great food are opening from the north to the south. Far north, the city of Luleå boasts of innovative restaurant CG opened in 2012. The kitchen applies classic, regional techniques such as smoking, fermenting, drying, curing and pickling to a wide variety of local produce.

In Jämtland, one of the most enterprising regions of Sweden, new foodie destinations are opening both in the cities and in the most remote places, often in connection with alpine, hiking or skiing resorts. Hävvi i Glen, way up in the Jämtland mountains, features local delicacies such as reindeer blood pancakes, moose burger in sourdough bread, and stew reindeer marrow, tongue and heart.

Northern delicacies and extraordinary Fäviken

The Jämtland region and small-scale food craftsmanship are synonymous. And to prove it, the Östersund area of Jämtland is a designated UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Jämtland is an eldorado for foodies. Numerous of artisan producers and sellers of cheese, fine meats, herbs, game, wild berries and bread are dotted around the county . One of the greatest taste sensations is cellar-aged goat cheese. Only a dozen or so small farms use the age-old custom of making unpasteurized rennet cheese from un-skimmed raw goat’s-milk, its character coming from being aged in the farm’s own cellars; each farm cellar imparting its own unique strain of wild mould.

Just north of Åre – Sweden’s largest ski resort – and the small Jämtland village of Järpen, lies the restaurant Fäviken Magasinet, run by renowned chef Magnus Nilsson. With a cuisine based on what he and his team forage, farm and hunt locally and from their own estate, Fäviken Magasinet offers one of the world’s most headstrong, authentic and ingenious culinary experiences.

Some dishes that have made this remote restaurant the international foodie’s top priority, are crispy lichens, broth of autumn leaves, pine-bark cake, leg of goose marinated in mead, roast bone marrow and dice of raw heart from cow, and an elegant dish of crunchy dried pig’s blood filled with lightly salted wild salmon trout roe. Fäviken Magasinet is probably the most talked about restaurant in international media today, and is ranked 19 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list.

The meat of Sápmi

Getting hold of reindeer meat to cook at home used to be tricky because the locals got first dibs on it. But in recent times, this Lapland delicacy has become easier to find all over Sweden. It is much sought after for its juicy meat with natural woodland flavours of lichen, moss and herbs.

‘Suovas’ – a Sami-language word that means ‘smoked’ in English – is lightly salted and smoked reindeer meat, most often served with deliciously dense unleavened bread and foraged lingonberries. The type of suovas that has received the most attention is the smoked inner rump thigh, the first Swedish product to be protected by the Slow Food Presidium. The flavour is enhanced by cold-smoking the traditional way in a ‘kåta’ (Sami tepee) over an open fire. The bresaola-like meat is best served as a snack in wafer thin slices.

A boom in the capital

In Stockholm, the recent restaurant hype has resulted in a great number of new places to indulge in good food, drinks and socializing. Four of the most influential restaurants opened during the last couple of years in Stockholm are Volt, Gastrologik, Ekstedt and Oaxen. Together with a few others, they’re at the forefront of the development of the regions’ cuisine. They explore new ground, but unpretentiously so – these are relaxed places.

Volt, run by a quartet of young chefs, offers a truly straight-forward, highly personal cuisine using produce most often from small, artisan farms in the vicinity of Stockholm.

Restaurant Oaxen, formerly located at a remote island in the archipelago, has moved to Djurgårdsvarvet, a shipyard from the early 1700s with many of the ancient industrial buildings intact. The new venue, just 15 minute walk from the city centre,  is divided into a bistro, with 76 seats with a spectacular view of the Stockholm skyline, and a fine dining section with 32 seats. Oaxen Krog received a Michelin Star 2014 and has received numerous national awards just within a year of operation.

The chefs at Gastrologik – Jacob Holmström and Anton Bjuhr – start every week by working in their city garden, Rosendals Trädgård. This is where decisions are made what to serve in their non-menu restaurant in the city and their adjoining bistro, Speceriet. 

Niklas Ekstedt, extreme sportsman and chef prodigy turned restaurateur and celebrity chef, came up with the idea to create a restaurant with a Scandinavian pre-electricity kitchen consisting of a large, wood-burning hearth, a fire pit and a wood-burning stove in 2011. The aromas and flavours resulting from this ancient cooking method constitute a new and refreshing experience.

This spring the restaurant of the Spritmuseum will open with a new chef, Petter Nilsson, formerly of La Gazzetta in Paris.

The culinary stars

The internationally most established restaurants will be found in Stockholm, Mathias Dahlgren and Björn Frantzén. 

Mathias Dahlgren has been awarded more Guide Michelin stars than any other Scandinavian chef – his restaurant Matbaren has one star, and Matsalen two. He is also the only Swedish chef to have won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or (the unofficial World Cup) in Lyon in 1997. He calls the philosophy behind his restaurants at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm ‘The natural kitchen’. His cooking is based on local Swedish ingredients and flavours. It is based on the idea that the most interesting and creative encounters are when local and global perspectives meet. In 2014 he starts his new project, Matbordet, in his restaurant where the guests will participate in the cooking.

Few restaurants have had the meteoric rise of the 19 seat Restaurant Frantzén in the Gamla Stan (Old Town) area of Stockholm. A Michelin star after a year, a second star in two years, and now it ranks 23 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. A daily delivery from their very own gardens forms the basis of their creativity. But the food is not limited to their own produce, it is also sourced from far-and-wide. With solid roots in locally grown produce and Nordic cuisine, yet inspired by the French tradition and interwoven with exotic elements, Restaurant Frantzén continue to make their mark on the Swedish restaurant scene.

Indigenous products at the core

Quality produce is the substance behind the great success of the Nordic kitchen. The cool climate is an important factor for the multifaceted flavours and refreshing acidity of forest berries, apples, pears, strawberries, cherries and other fruits.

But it’s not only fruits and berries that benefit from the climate and clean environment. A Swedish breed of pork, linderösvin, was very close to extinction just a couple of decades ago. Still only a couple of hundred individuals of the slow-growing swine with brown dots exist. But it’s growing in popularity, both among farmers and consumers, due to its propensity to put on a lot of fat and produce well-marbled, flavoursome meat.

The Swedish chicken breed hedemorahöns, was facing the same fate in the 1970s, but was saved at the last minute by a farmer in Dalarna, in the middle of Sweden. The chickens have dense, voluminous feathers, in order to cope with the cold, and come in a great variety of colour combinations.

Linderösvin and hedemorahöns are just the top of the iceberg of indigenous landraces and breeds, others being the cattle breeds fjällko and rödkulla, the sheep hälsingefår and the goat lappget.

Liquid tradition and innovation

There’s also an amazing renaissance of artisan beverages, often based on local produce – beer, spirits, wine, juice, must, mead and cider.

Although not yet close to the 500 breweries in Sweden during the late 1800s, the numbers are now growing rapidly. It’s primarily small-sized breweries that feature a wide variety of beer styles that are opening  all over the country. Lately, Gothenburg has become a hotspot for some of the most exciting new brewery initiatives.

Although the climate does not make it easy to grow grapevines, the number of wineries is also growing. Most of the 30 or so wineries are located in sunny Skåne in the south, and on the Baltic islands of Öland and Gotland. But there are commercial wine producers all the way up to the Stockholm area. 

On the whisky, vodka and aquavit scene, world famous distillery Mackmyra Whisky outside Gävle is taking the lead, but with an increasing number of followers. Spirit of Hven on the island between Sweden and Denmark, the young, female distiller Malin Edman at the small, family-owned Gnesta Bränneri in Sörmland, and the talented distillers at Norrtelje Brenneri, an hour north of Stockholm are taking part of the action.

Foraged and harvested fruits and berries are used to produce uniquely flavoursome juice and must – popular alternatives to alcoholic beverages and commercial soft drinks. The refreshing, unusually high acidity of lingonberries, blueberries, red and black currant, gooseberries, rhubarb and crowberries are optimal for the purpose.

There are more than 200 different types of apples registered in Sweden, many of them the perfect base for cider, must and spirits. Barrel aged apple spirits are inspired by the French calvados. And in Umeå, in the north, an apple cider producer called Brännland, have created their very own ice cider, inspired by the Canadian ice cider tradition.

Bread, cakes and fika

Sweden has always had a rich tradition of quality breads and cakes – kanelbullar cinnamon rolls, knäckebröd, tunnbröd, and the dark kavring to mention just a few. But lately, breads with regional character have become even more popular, and one of the most admired aspects of Swedish cuisine. Not only are there stone oven bakeries, organic bakeries and sourdough bakeries opening all over the country, baking your own sourdough bread at home is a very strong trend.

The ideal way to enjoy the array of delicious, sweet bread and cakes, is to join the favourite Swedish pastime: fika. A break in the morning, the afternoon, or actually whenever you feel the urge for a cup of well-brewed coffee or tea, a small cake or sweet bread, and a good talk to a friend at one of the ever growing number of coffee houses.         

One of the world’s largest archipelagos

Sweden’s capital wouldn’t be the same without its vast archipelago, one of the largest in the world with upwards of 35,000 islands, islets and skerries, covering 1,700 square kilometres. The archipelago has over 10,000 residents and 50,000 holiday homes.

A voyage out to the archipelago in your own boat or by ferry is a must for both locals and visitors, especially when the weather is warm. There are a large number of restaurants and inns and their menus showcase local ingredients. There are also other food destinations such as fish smokeries, distilleries, village stores, sausage makers and bakeries.

Some of the archipelago’s best dining is at Fejan Skärgårdskrog, Sandhamns Värdhus, Utö Värdshus and Grinda Wärdshus. But they are in stiff competition with the picnicking punters – pack your picnic basket, find your own patch of undisturbed island and enjoy.

Gorgeous Gotland

Ingmar Bergman isn’t the only one to have been seduced by the unique light on the moorlands of Gotland. The light of Gotland has its own special brilliance and inspiring effect that has attracted artists and other creative professionals to the island since the early 1900s.

Gotland often has more hours of sunshine in the summer than anywhere else in Sweden making growing conditions excellent, and so Gotland asparagus and other vegetables premiere early in the season. The island’s lamb is an institution, as is the newly discovered Burgundy truffle. Other specialties are the meat from massaged cows (Gotland’s answer to Kobe beef) on Ejmunds farm, rum made of sugar beets from Träkumla, wines from Gutevin in Hablingbo, beer from small-scale Gotlands Bryggeri in the medieval city of Visby, and the fresh dewberry islanders call salmbär.

A real rarity is the beer dricku, a Gotland home-distilled and fermented alcoholic
beverage that resembles microbrewery style färsköl (a strong, rich, unpasteurised and unfiltered beer) and takes its roots from Viking times. The main ingredients are malt, hops, yeast, water, juniper and sugar or honey. The beer’s alcohol volume ranges between 5-13% and can, apparently, give rise to headaches.

Probably the world’s best-tasting oyster

There are oysters, and then there are oysters. Some are big and juicy, others small and silky. But the secret to the Swedish oysters’ appeal is all in the flavour. The species, Ostrea edulis, in combination with slow growing conditions in the deep, cold, mineral-rich waters of the Swedish west coast, give the oysters an uncharacteristically subtle character with clear hints of minerals. Some people think the taste is similar to iron, metal or even blood. Perhaps not a beginner’s oyster, but an oyster for those of us looking for a greater taste sensation.         

Anyone for an oyster safari? The round, flat Ostrea edulis was the only oyster species in Europe until the late 1800s, and grows in Sweden from Varberg in the south to Strömstad in the north. In Grebbestad and nearby towns, there are opportunities to go out with the boats and dive for oysters, and of course down your catch.

Fish, shellfish and innovative cuisine

West Coast fish markets and shops offer a wide range of fish, fresh shrimp, in-season lobster, rope-farmed mussels, crab, an occasional octopus, and perhaps, most delicious of all, langoustine. Supremely juicy flesh and with a multi-layered taste, it is finger-lickingly-good and needs no company on the plate.   

In Gothenburg – and along the west coast – there’s a great number of destinations for seafood lovers. The Michelin starred restaurant Sjömagasinet on the Gothenburg harbour opened in 1984, presenting a combination of truly traditional seafood servings, as well as a menu of more creative dishes.

Restaurant Fiskekrogen, located in an elegant building from the 1850s, features one of the best seafood platters in the world; with crab, langoustine, shrimp and lobster. Thörnströms Kök, one of Gothenburg’s Michelin starred restaurants, offers modern, Scandinavian and regional cuisine, and restaurant Bhoga, also Michelin starred, represents a new generation of inherently innovative kitchen teams that work in intimate cooperation with one of the country’s most responsive cocktail bartenders and sommeliers.

Malmö, gateway with character

Life in Sweden’s third city is heavily influenced by the proximity to Copenhagen just a short drive across the bridge. It’s country’s coffee roasting capital, where not only the taste of the coffee itself has great personality, but also the coffee house culture.

Also, Malmö could be called the neighbourhood style restaurant centre, with a number of truly homey places like B.A.R. and Belle Epoque. The best lunch in town is arguably served at Saltimporten Canteen where chefs Sebastian Persson and Ola Rudin create good food with great character and distinction based on the great pantry of produce from the south of Sweden. 

Andreas Dahlberg and Nina Christensson are the restaurateurs behind Bastard in Malmö, serving modern European cuisine on a menu that changes daily. The food is simple, distinct and a proud purveyor of the wow-factor. The food at Bastard is just part of the overall experience – it’s full-to-the-brim with intuitive good taste, simplicity and the love of food pervading throughout the service and interior; white wall tiles, vintage school posters, shabby-chic tables and classic wooden chairs – and guests that appreciate uncomplicated, high quality food.

The charming backyard with a seated area opens in summertime. The restaurant serves up pizza and other rustic fare from its wood-fired oven.

The Mum, Dad and chef of Österlen

In the tiny village of Skåne Tranås in Skåne, chef Daniel Berlin runs an namesake inn-style restaurant or ‘krog’ together with his mother and father. His father’s responsibilities include cheese selection from nearby Vilhelmsdal dairy farm. His mother manages their fields of herbs, berries, peas, beans, radishes and the greenhouse for tomatoes.

Daniel Berlin, winner of the Young Chef of the Year Award at the 2011 edition of the San Pellegrino Cooking Cup in Venice, has long and established relationships with local producers of dairy products, meat and vegetables. The spring menu, for example, includes shrimp, tongue of lamb, wild herbs and asparagus. And Berlin certainly makes the most of milk from nearby farm, Hallingsbergs Gård. One dessert on the menu year-round is a medley of milk-based offerings presented as cream from cow’s first milk, sorbet, and froth.

To call Skåne and its south-eastern region Österlen ‘Sweden’s Tuscany’ is a cliché but the landscape is a beautiful roll of undulating hills, it’s lush green most of the year, and the soil produces fruits and vegetables of outstanding quality. Asparagus, apples, herbs and root vegetables flourish in the rich soils of the area, and small-scale producers of ecological pork, young roosters, honey and charcuterie are thriving. And believe it or not, Österlen boasts a bunch of newly opened boutique wineries.

For images: http://imagebank.sweden.se/

www.visitsweden.com

Photo: Lobster Safari/ Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

Nordic cuisine takes over New York City September 13-20  and Los Angeles  October 20-21.

From September 13-20, New York City will be showcasing amazing Nordic chefs, producers, and flavors at the second annual NORTH Food Festival. On the west coast, chefs and cooking classes will be popping up in Los Angeles throughout the year at Austere DTLA - a sleek Nordic lifestyle showroom in Downtown LA. Taste, smell and see what Nordic gastronomy is all about at the largest Nordic Food Festival in the US.

Try Swedish - West Sweden and Gothenburg

Try Swedish is an open invitation from the country of Sweden to taste and explore the world of our food culture. As a country whose southern borders reaches out to touch Europe and whose northern lands expand into the Arctic Circle, the Swedish palate differs vastly from coast to mountain, forest to field. West Sweden, with Gothenburg as its gateway, is a region to explore during the NORTH food festival.

West Sweden and Gothenburg are rapidly gaining a reputation as the ‘foodie’ capital of northern Europe. This is mainly due to the region’s seafood, ranked amongst the best in the world thanks to the cold, mineral-rich waters.

From the fishing villages of Bohuslän, visitors can go on safaris for oysters, mussels, lobster, shrimp and crayfish. The city of Gothenburg is a seafood-lovers’ paradise, complete with a church-like fish market (Feskekörka) and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants where the catch of the day is always on the menu.

Upcoming events at #NORTH14 in New York

Free Pop Up – Coffee the Swedish Way at the Gevalia Kaffe House, September 13

Calling all coffee drinkers! Stop by the NORTH pop up (168 Bowery) to experience Gevalia’s Kaffe House and have a complimentary cup (or two). Enjoy a fika and coffee samplings while you learn how to pour the perfect brew every time.

This will last just as long as samples last, so come join us, drink, and become enlightened!

Cooking Class - A Taste of West Sweden with Chef Frida Ronge, September 13

Learn how to cook like a real Gothenburger, and explore the fresh seafood based cuisine of West Sweden. Get the right techniques, inspiring recipes and a lots of new knowledge in this mouthwatering cooking class at The International Culinary Center.

Chef Frida Ronge of the acclaimed vRÅ restaurant in Gothenburg will be bringing her varied and exciting Swedish cuisine to New York City for the first time ever, and this is a unique opportunity to work with one of the best female chefs in the Nordic region. Chef Ronge was recently named the Rising Star of the Year by the prestigious White Guide – and she effortlessly merges fresh Asian influences with delicious cooking from the Swedish West Coast.

So roll up your sleeves, sharpen your knives and dive into a world of West Swedish cooking and cuisine. Location: NORTH POP UP (168 Bowery)

Indulgent Swedish Coffee and Dessert Tasting, September 13

Partnered with Gevalia, NORTH will be hosting a delightful culinary experience, both sweet and bitter. So skip dessert at dinner, and have dessert for dinner instead at the NORTH pop up on the Bowery.

Featured chefs will create a coffee-infused dessert menu and pairings, recipes inspired by and made with Gevalia. For the coffee and dessert lovers alike, this pop up evening will certainly satisfy that sweet-tooth craving, and keep you awake long enough to enjoy every last bite.

The Nordic Street Food Festival, Brooklyn Brewery, September 14

Hosted at Brooklyn Brewery, the Nordic Street Food Festival will be incredibly fun and delicious. Several different Nordic chefs, including Sami Tallberg and Frida Ronge, will be stationed inside Brooklyn Brewery’s Tasting Room, offering small bites of some of their favorite Scandinavian dishes. Swing by for some refreshing beer and great food at this truly unique food fest – we will be open to the public all day!

Cooking Class - Nordic Pastry Class with Chef Maria Östberg at FIKA, September 14

New York’s favorite coffee and chocolate purveyor, Maria Östberg at FIKA, will be teaching a Swedish pastry class. Cinnamon buns, cakes, and chocolate balls will be taking over the ICC as you become enlightened about how to bake like a true Swede.

Chef Östberg has been educated at revered culinary schools and worked at incomparable restaurants in Sweden. Come hungry, indulge yourself in pastry delights, and connect with real talent. Location: The International Culinary Center

Cooking Class - Swedish Culinary Safari with Chef Ulrika Bengtsson, presented by Try Swedish, September 14

Swedish cuisine is more than just meatballs, and while there are many long-standing culinary traditions in the country, the dishes vary widely based on region. Chef Ulrika Bengtsson is coming to NORTH 2014 to take New York foodies on a culinary safari throughout Sweden. From North to South and East to West, you will familiarize yourself with Swedish dishes both traditional and progressive.

Many New Yorker’s fondly remember Chef Ulrika Bengtsson (and her meatballs) as the owner and Chef of Ulrika’s, which she ran successfully for 7 years, beginning in 1999.

Chef Bengtsson has over 20 years of culinary experience both in New York and Sweden, her home country. After her time at Ulrika’s, she was the head of food and beverage at The Roger Smith Hotel, as well as the Nordic themed restaurant group Smörgås Chef. She has also been featured regularly on TV, both in her native Sweden, and here in her adopted home town of New York City. Location: The International Culinary Center

Nordic Hot Dog Championship at The Nordic Street Food Festival, Brooklyn Brewery, September 15

Award-winning Nordic chefs will go head-to-head in our not-so-traditional hot dog championship. Each chef will create their best interpretation of a Nordic sausage, to be judged by both a panel of esteemed judges as well as all participating guests. Enjoy a sample dog from each booth, as well as an open bar.

If you like interesting hot dogs, mouth-watering beer, and some old-fashioned competition, then join NORTH at the Brooklyn Brewery on Monday night!

Ticket Price: $49 (Includes food, cider, coffee, and an open beer bar)

Kitchen Collaboration – Chefs Emma Bengtsson & Frida Ronge Team Up at Aquavit, September 16

Chef Frida Ronge of vRÅ in Sweden and Emma Bengtsson, Head Chef at Aquavit are collaboration for an impressive and unforgettable dinner collaboration. After a short reception to relax and get in the mood, guests will enjoy a dinner showcasing delicious seafood and Nordic cuisine. The six course menu will include pairings for each course.

Call Aquavit to reserve a table for the delicious collaboration dinner. This menu will be available on September 16 only and will include 6 courses with beverages pairings for $200, inclusive of tax and gratuity. To book a table, email reservations to: aquavitreservation@aquavit.org

Invite Only – Try Swedish – A Taste of Western Sweden, September 17

Visit Sweden hosts a panel discussion digging into the wonders of the Swedish West Coast and its culinary marvels. The panel includes Rising Star Chef Frida Ronge together with Ami Hovstadius, communications manager for Sweden – the new culinary nation at VisitSweden, Jill Axelsson, Project manager foodtourism at West Sweden Tourist Board, and travel and food writers Debra Agren and Edward Nesta. Kalle Bergman, Editor-in-Chief of Honest Cooking, will be the moderator of the panel.

Exclusive Dinner - Try Swedish with Chef Frida Ronge, Wednesday, September 17

Presented by VisitSweden, the NORTH pop up will host an exclusive seafood dinner prepared by Head Chef of vRÅ, Frida Ronge. Chef Ronge was recently named the Rising Star of the Year by the prestigious White Guide - and she effortlessly merges fresh Asian influences with delicious cooking from the Swedish West Coast. The result is inspiring, exciting and absolutely mouthwatering.

Join us at the pop up space (168 Bowery) to experience a little bit of Sweden here in New York City. Tickets include multi course menu, including wine and coffee.

Free Pop Up – Swedish Craft Beer Tasting, presented by Brooklyn Brewery, September 18

Earlier this year Brooklyn Brewery opened a sister brewery, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, in Stockholm, Sweden. This joint venture represents the landmark endeavor of being the first American-operated craft brewery in Europe.

The Nya Carnegiebryggeriet line of beers are a true collaboration marked by Swedish tradition and sensibility and American technique and innovation. Join us for an afternoon happy hour at the NORTH pop up, featuring the new Nya Carnegiebryggeriet beers, and experience a project that is truly groundbreaking.

More reading:

http://northfoodfestival.com/

http://www.tryswedish.com/

Video:

Try Swedish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKYkN9VTXsI

North 2013: http://vimeo.com/77597221

Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

Never has rotten fish smelled so bad but tasted so good. Small Baltic herring are caught in the spring, salted and left to ferment at leisure before being stuffed in a tin about a month before it hits the tables and shops.

http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/Things-to-do/Swedish-Lifestyle/Swedish-traditions/Food-Fermented-herring/

Photo: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se

This September, Honest Cooking, an award-winning international digital culinary magazine, will for the second time be teaming up with some of the world’s most influential restaurants for NORTH - the largest ever Nordic Food Festival in the US. New York City will be showcasing amazing Nordic chefs, producers, and flavors and we invite you to come taste, smell and see what Nordic gastronomy is all about:  http://northfoodfestival.com

Swedish meatballs are a specialty, immortalized by the Swedish chef in the Muppet Show. Swedes eat them with pickled cucumber, a cream sauce, potatoes  and of course lingon berries.

Swedish meatballs are a must on every Smorgasbord and don’t miss this dish when you visit Sweden.

http://sweden.se/culture/classic-swedish-food-meatballs/#start

Photo: Joel Wåreus/imagebank.sweden.se

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Photo: Björn Tesch/imagebank.sweden.se

As the Swedish summer draws to a close, you might be lucky to experience warm, clear August nights. That is when Swedes have their crayfish parties. Crayfish are cooked in boiling salted water together with dill-crowns. Colored paper lanterns hang around the table. Tablecloth and plates are made of colorful paper. The guests wear bibs around the necks and they also wear “funny” paper hats. The feat can begin! Crayfish should be eaten cold using your fingers. Bread and cheese like Vasterbotten are being served together with the crayfish. To this meal beer and schnapps will be served. And during the meal, people will cheer and sing special “schnapps songs”. So be happy a dark August night and enjoy these small, delicious creatures!

http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/Things-to-do/Swedish-Lifestyle/Swedish-traditions/Food-Crayfish-party/

 

West Sweden and Gothenburg are virtual gateways to an archipelago of a sustainable culinary experience that seeks to delight travelers and educate them, but oh, so gently. This idyllic and poetic region is even more appealing this summer as celebrity chefs add new dining spots, countryside guest houses develop new packages and seafood safaris take guests to forage for their own dinners.

New mussel bar in Ljungskile opens July 16

The folks who run the charming clock tower by the sea of Ljungskile have built a glass hothouse where they will serve their own mussels. The freshly harvested mussels are being  cultivated just a few feet away. Guests prop themselves on long benches inside the belltower’s cozy boathouse to watch over the sea or simply stand by as the mussels are cooked on an outdoor pot.

http://www.vastsverige.com/sv/products/166155/Musselbaren-Lyckorna-Ljungskile/

 Tracing a Delectable Food Chain: from Sea to Canal

Two lodging pearls of the Göta Canal experience — the 13-room countryside Styrsö Skäret Guest House and the Norrqvarn Hotel and Conference Center that dates back to the early 1900s when it was a mill – have created a two-night culinary adventure that brings guests face to face with producers and farm shops from the coastline to the channel along the chain of locally-grown foods that appear on their fine menus.

Both properties boast restaurants that have been certified by A Taste of WestSweden and are listed in the White Guide, Sweden’s leading restaurant guide that presents the trendiest, the coolest, most culturally exotic places to dine.

Guests stay one night at the beguiling Styrsö Skäret for the first night, which is a 15-minute ferry ride from the metropolis of Gothenburg to the car-free island of Styrsö. Guests are free to stroll, fish, paddle or hike enjoying the beautiful  archipelago.

On the second day guests head for the Göta Canal, Sweden’s third most visited attraction,to the Norrqvarn. Guests are equipped with maps in hand illustrating the shops and farms of local producers that both Styrsö and Norrqvarn patronize to produce their menus.

Guests will visit the farm shops and the local producers on the way from Styrsö island to Göta Canal.

Besides its traditional rooms, the Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference Center has Troll Stumps that are actually comfortable rooms inside giant manmade tree stumps that can accommodate up to four people and are extremely popular with families.

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 Seafood Safaris and Spa Trekking on Smögen

The only thing you have to bring are your wellies to join Smögens Hafvsbad’s new crayfish adventure. You’ll go on a seafood safari with local fishermen, pull up the creels and boil the fresh crayfish in the boathouse or you might get a close-up look at the fish auction on Smögen jetty. It’s not all work, the package includes an overnight stay at this legendary turn-of-the-century hotel whose latest extension faces the sea and blends into the landscape, a dinner of the freshest catches and an old-fashioned spa treatment. Smögen is among one of West Sweden’s oldest and most authentic archipelago communities.Its polished rock face forms a dramatic backdrop for the colorful boat houses that border the seafront.

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 Celebrity Chef Closes One Door to Open Another

While many were disappointed to learn that last year’s Restaurateur of the Year, Stefan Karlsson, closed his Michelin-starred restaurant known as Fond, he inaugurated another. The SK Mat & Människor that will re-open on September 3, will feature seasonal local produce on its menu. Housed in a former glazier, the venue has been carefully renovated and decorated with custom-built furniture with an open kitchen. Guests who would rather act than watch, can book a cooking course.

http://www.skmat.se/

 Food Truck Brigade Hits Gothenburg

At one time the only game in town was the Strömmingsluckan, which served quotidian Swedish favorites such as fried herring with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, but it now has a lot more company. This year 10 food trucks out of 35 applicants have
met the criteria to receive licenses to tool around Gothenburg serving everything from Mexican burritos, to Swedish classics, locally produced vegetarian meals to Ethiopian cuisine and Swedish Sunday roasts made by veteran restaurateurs to young entrepreneurs.  But customers have to be on their toes because food trucks can pop up just about anywhere in town. Chances are, some bright person will figure out an app to track them down.

 Atelier - new restaurant at Boutique hotel

Set in the heart of Gothenburg, the Hotel Pigalle wants to impress its guests. Specifically, its = mission is to knock you off your feet. This includes doing away with natty details like being one of the first no-cash hotels anywhere. Steeped in decadent 19th century décor of sinful Paris, there is nothing decadent about how it serves up incredible dishes, some that might appear on the menu just once. The Atelier menu is internationally-inspired while relying solely on local produce, the chefs’ moods and the seasons. To stress the farm-to-table link, suppliers and the location of their farms is noted on the menu. Atelier has a popular rooftop.

http://www.hotelpigalle.se/en/#atelier_start

 Meet 2014’s World Champion Bartender at Clarion Hotel Posts

When folks at the Norda Bar and Grill at the Clarion Hotel Posts in Gothenburg claim they have Sweden’s best bartender, they’re not just bragging. Dosa Ivanov won the the coveted title of World Champion Bartender in London’s Leicester Square earlier this year. Donning a straw hat, a Chinese robe, he carried a wok filled with a mysterious cocktail that managed to dribble into the tower of glasses he stacked.

Ivanov doesn’t part with his recipes except to say he strives for ​​cocktails made with love and harmony between sweet and sour. The Champion Bartender will represent Sweden in the World Cup in Cape Town.  http://www.nordabargrill.se/en/

 

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Photo: Carlsberg Sverige

Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is a newly-opened craft brewery with its own restaurant, situated by the shore in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. The brewery is a collaboration between Carlsberg Sweden, Brooklyn Brewery and free investors, but will not be making any Brooklyn beer. Instead, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is a creator of small scale Swedish craft beer, with something to offer for both connoisseurs, beer enthusiasts, and curious amateurs. The restaurant serves food that has been adapted to both the season and what is currently on tap.

Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is situated in the historical Luma factory, facing Hammarby Lake with a view of southern Södermalm. The outdoor patio is open all summer on Wednesday-Sunday, with plenty of space for happy holiday makers and curious Stockholmers.

For visitors eager to learn more about beer and brewing, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet offers guided tours around the brewery on Saturdays and Sundays between 1pm and 4 pm. The tours are free and cannot be booked in advance.

The easiest way to access Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is by bus 22B to Luma, by free-of-charge ferry from Barnängsbryggan or with the boat M/S Emelie from Nybrokajen.

http://www.nyacarnegiebryggeriet.se/

 Contact the restaurant:

Phone: +468-510 650 82

restaurangen@nyacarnegiebryggeriet.se

 

The Food Journey coastline to forest - experience the Göta Canal and Gothenburg’s Archipelago. Eat well, live well and on the journey, visit farm shops and meet our producers who lovingly generate their produce. You will stay and eat at the Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens by the Göta Canal and at the Styrsö Skäret Guest House - Gothenburg in the Archipelago. Two pearls of West Sweden that you now have the opportunity to enjoy in one and the same package.

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