Friday, March 13, 2015

Taste of Iceland 2015

          Taste of Iceland Boston is back once again! You may have read my post last year, and this year is going to be just as amazing. Taste of Iceland is an annual five-day event (March 12-16) presented by Iceland Naturally that highlights the best of Icelandic food, music and culture.

          The event includes a special Icelandic menu at Tavern Road with unique dishes made from fresh ingredients flown in from Iceland, as part of a collaboration between Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson (head chef at Blue Lagoon's LAVA Restaurant) and chef Louis DiBiccari (owner and head chef at Tavern Road).

          I had a chance to preview these delicious dishes at a reception at Tavern Road, where we also heard from Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson, the Mayor of Reykjavik and some great music from some Icelandic musicians.

          We started with cocktails crafted by mixologist Ryan McGrale, which featured Reyka Vodka and Brennivin, a renowned Icelandic aquavit that is now available in Boston.My favorite was this Nordic Courage with vodka, ginger beer, fresh lemon juice, honey, and rhubarb bitters.

           Next were some passed hors d'oeuvres including slow cooked cod and dried seaweed salad, and a lightly smoked langoustine salad with apple, black salsify, and pickled onion. I enjoyed both, especially the smoked langoustine.


          The next dish was lemon cured arctic char and roe with cauliflower, horseradish and dill. The char was cooked perfectly and had a such a great flavor, it was definitely my favorite dish of the night.

           The roasted rack of lamb was also amazing. This came seasoned with Icelandic herbs, wild mushrooms, carrot, and madeira glaze. I loved the crispy brussels sprouts and bit of mustard seed on top.

          Dessert was a raspberry and skyr mousse with chocolate toffee and marzipan cake with hazelnut skyr and lemon ice cream. Somehow this tasted rich, but felt light at the same time - a perfect way to end the meal.

          In addition to the special menu, this year's Taste of Iceland events include a free Icelandic film festival; a free Reykjavik Calling concert featuring musicians from Iceland and Boston; and an energy innovation panel. Complete details are available here.

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