Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Well, Minneapolis is turning into quite a destination for the world’s most important chefs. This fall we will welcome El Bulli’s Ferran Adrià for a series of events to kick off the exhibition of his drawings at Mia. And next spring chef Magnus Nilsson, of Fäviken, will be coming to the American Swedish Institute for a week to install his large-scale works on paper in preparation for a museum show! This is another hugely big deal.
Nilsson is just incredibly influential. Not only has he created the 25th best restaurant in the whole wide world, but his mission of reviving, celebrating, and exploring ancient Scandinavian foodways has been deeply influential on Minnesota’s own cooking scene and has formed some significant part of the intellectual underpinning that has led us away from feeling Midwestern and into feeling Northern.
So, when is he coming? May 2016. Obviously, that’s a long way away, so final details have yet to be firmed up, but I’m told plans currently include the chef of the Swedish Institute, John Krattenmaker, flying over to Sweden to experience Fäviken for himself and get to know the chef, and then for Magnus Nilsson to take over Fika for a bit, and also there will be some events to do with the release of his new cookbook, (out in September), plus special events with local chefs.
Well boy howdy!! Summer’s not even over and we’ve got some red letter days penciled in for May 2016. Congrats on lining this up, ASI, I think I speak on behalf of all local foodies when I say: You have already made next winter better!