Three Danes and a Swede, the return of the lutfisk children, and other adventures at Norsk Høstfest
It was my fourth year back, and I was delighted to hang out with many of the usual suspects including our cheeky leader Chef Stig Hansen, who has enough disdain toward lutfisk to share with the entire lye-cod loving population of North Dakota. This year our Norwegian presenters dropped out last minute, and I was left to fend for myself at the Nordic Kitchen with three amazing Danes, including Chef Stig, his wife Rita, and the phenomenal Chef Mari Harries from Windom, Minnesota.
Most memorable moments: Julie Ingebretsen of Ingebretsen's Nordic Marketplace was inducted to the Hall of Fame and her acceptance speech was a gentle reminder that community crosses cultural borders, attending the tail end of Tanya Tucker's rocking awesome concert and then meeting Tanya backstage, dining at some really great Minot wine bars, and hanging out with our extraordinary crew at Nordic Kitchen (as well as our audience - lots of regulars this year!). Oh, and, yes, the food we cooked was pretty darned good too!