Denver is about to get a taste of what life is like up North as the city prepares to host A Taste of Iceland in Denver, a celebration of Iceland's food, music, and film from September 27- 30, 2012. The multi-day Icelandic invasion will showcase the best of the country's culture and lifestyle through a series of events.
Denver-area residents will have the opportunity to explore Icelandic cuisine as Guest Chef Hkon Mr rvarsson collaborates with Denvers Chef Tom Coohill to offer a special Icelandic menu at Coohills, experience Iceland's top musicians including Lay Low and Mugison performing alongside notable Denver artists including Joe Sampson of Bad Weather California during a free concert at The Gothic Theatre, and enjoy a mini-film festival at L2 Arts and Culture Center featuring two hit Icelandic films.
While they may seem worlds apart, the Mile-High City is a lot closer to Iceland that one may think. In May 2012 Icelandair began offering four flights a week direct from Denver to Reykjavik. Iceland is the closest European country to North America and now it only takes seven hours to hop on a plane at Denver International Airport and land in Iceland's vibrant hotbed of culture, fashion and food.
Before jetting off to experience the lava fields, thermal hot springs, and the fresh seafood in Iceland, Denver residents are invited to sample some of Iceland's finest culture and cuisine right in their own backyard.
A Taste of Iceland in Denver events are open to the public and are as follows:
Reykjavik Calling Free Concert at The Gothic Theatre Presented By KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM
Saturday, September 29 | 8:00 p.m.
Reykjavik Calling celebrates music emerging from Denver and Iceland. This event of cross cultural musical exploration features four Denver-area artists paired with four of Iceland's top musicians for night of never-before-heard collaborations. The blending of music from these two distinct cultures will inevitably give fans a concert full of new sounds and exciting performances. Presented by KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM, the concert will feature performances from the following Iceland/Denver duos:
From Iceland / From Denver
Lay Low / Joe Sampson of Bad Weather California
Mugison / Julie Davis of Fairchildren
Petur Ben / Erin Roberts of Ending People
Soley / Patrick Dethlefs
"What an interesting turn of events for all of us to be connecting with our new musical pen pals from Iceland. This is a really unique event and it's going to be extraordinary to hear these artists in our fair city", said Joe Sampson of the band Bad Weather California, who will be headlining the show along with Icelandic singer songwriter Lay Low. "I know I can speak for all of the artists who will be representing Denver when I say that we're all very intrigued and excited to be collaborating with these great musicians from across the ocean."
"This will be my very first visit to Denver and I can't wait! It is always such a privilege to be able to visit another city, and even better to be able to play alongside local musicians, said Lay Low. I am looking forward to working with Joe and getting our songs mixed up in whats hopefully a very good Denver/Reykjavik collaboration. See you there!"
Admission to Denver's first Reykjavik Calling concert is and limited to venue capacity. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. For more Information, visit The Gothic Theatre at www.gothictheatre.com.
Icelandic Menu at Coohills
Thursday, September 27 Sunday, September 30
Guest Chef Hkon Mr rvarsson, Bocuse dOr and World Culinary Cup winner, will create a special Icelandic menu in collaboration with Chef Tom Coohill of Coohills. Sourcing the freshest ingredients straight from Iceland, the two chefs will offer a unique, four course prix fixe menu that showcases the best of Nordic cuisine to Denver-area diners. In addition, the restaurant will feature a custom-made Reyka Vodka cocktail created by Coohills mixologist Jayme Henderson.
The four-course Icelandic menu will be offered for $65 with the option to add an additional course and wine pairings for $95. The menu will include:
Named for Iceland's latitude, this signature cocktail created by Coohills mixologist Jayme Henderson combines Reyka Vodka, muddled blueberries, Blue Curaao, rosemary simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and rhubarb bitters, served up.
Reservations can be made by calling 303.623.5700 or visiting www.coohills.com
Chef Hkon Mr Rvarsson, winner of Bocuse dOr and World Culinary Cup, is a chef fuelled by passion for his trade. Trained at the Iceland Hotel School, Chef Hkon comes from a country where people like to get the best out of simple, top-quality raw materials. He began his career at the Holt Hotel in Reykjavik, part of the Relais & Chateaux chain, before leaving to train for the Bocuse dOr. Chef Hkon also served as Chef de Cuisine at the one Michelin star restaurant, Lea Linster Luxembourg. Recently, Chef Hkon has been working to promote Icelandic fish and runs two of the finest salmon fishing lodges in Iceland. He also makes frequent guest chef appearances in the United States, Canada and Europe and acts as a part-time teacher at the Culinary Institute of Iceland.
Whether you are familiar with Icelandic cuisine or it is something entirely new, this menu is something not to be missed, said Chef Hkon Mr rvarsson. Iceland has some of the freshest seafood and lamb available and I will be preparing them with ingredients sourced directly from Iceland as well. I am positive diners will be pleasantly surprised and planning their next food adventure to Iceland before even finishing their last bite.
About Chef Coohill
A chef since 17, Tom Coohill began his love affair with French cuisine at LAuberge des Champes in Kentucky. Training under master chefs at the three-star Michelin LOustau de Baumaniere in France, the five-star Mobile Le Francais in Illinois, and Ma Maison in Los Angeles. He opened the renowned Ciboulette restaurant in Atlanta in 1992, ranked by Conde Nast Guide in the top 10 and by Esquire in the top 25 nationwide. Widely featured in the media including CNN, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Ciboulette maintained its place as one of America's most popular restaurants by offering masterful dishes of modern French cuisine. From 1995 to 2002, Chef Coohill also owned and operated Coohills Steakhouse & Bar in Atlanta. The desire to enjoy Colorados climate and great outdoors prompted the Coohills to relocate to the Mile High City.
Free Icelandic Film Festival
Sunday, September 30
Denver film enthusiasts are invited to end their weekend with free screenings of two Icelandic hit films on Sunday, September 30 at the L2 Arts and Culture Center located at 1477 Columbine Street. Attendance is limited to the capacity of the theatre and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
2:30 pm: Summerland is a comedy about Lra, a mother of two, who has a sixth sense and the ability to communicate with the dead, thanks to an ancient elf-stone located in the garden of the family's rundown house.
4:15 pm: Inni is the famed Sigur Ros' second live film following 2007's tour documentary Heima. Inni cocoons the viewer in a one-on-one relationship with the band and depicts how it feels for both the band and fans to experience Sigur Ros live.
In addition to these events, Iceland Naturally is offering the chance for an enthusiastic blogger to be the Official Correspondent for A Taste of Iceland in Denver. From September 27-30, the chosen blogger will have the opportunity to cover all of the events at Denvers A Taste of Iceland as Iceland Naturallys Official Correspondent. To enter, submit a 60 second YouTube video to Iceland Naturallys YouTube page explaining why you deserve VIP access to cover all A Taste of Iceland events in Denver. For more information on how to enter, visit Iceland Naturally at www.icelandnaturally.com
A Taste of Iceland in Denver is presented by Iceland Naturally, in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, 66 North, Blue Lagoon, Icelandic Glacial Water and Promote Iceland, Coohills, L2 Arts and Culture Center, The Gothic Theatre, KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM, and Westword.
For a complete schedule of events during A Taste of Iceland in Denver, please visit www.icelandnaturally.com, become a fan on Facebook and RSVP to the A Taste of Iceland event at www.facebook.com/icelandnaturally
**Iceland Drawing (no purchase necessary to win; to enter drawing, send your name, address, phone number and email address to KGNU, 4700 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301 attention Iceland Drawing. One entry per person maximum. Must be received 24 hours prior to the drawing. Alternatively, email shawna at kgnu dot org with all of the information). The drawing will be held on Saturday, October 20, at noon MST.