Starters, afters and Tam O'Shanter at Wondercool
Copenhagen Cooking Winter Edition
Various venues in Greater Cph; starts Feb 1, ends Feb 28; www.copenhagencooking.com
About now you should be done digesting the last remnants of julefrokost’s saturated indulgencies, so it is time to expand your culinary repertoire and treat your taste buds to the more delicate variants of Danish cuisine.
Where to begin? Wonderful Copenhagen, of course. That’s long for ‘Wondercool’, by the way, which is essentially an umbrella term for a number of institutions helping Copenhageners fight off February depression with cultural nourishment. And the organisers know, like Oscar Wilde did, that after a good dinner you can forgive anyone, even your own relations.
That’s why Copenhagen Cooking, one of the largest Nordic culinary festivals, will for the fourth time be contributing its name, prestige and a multitude of events to the open-source, non-profit Wondercool. We’ve picked out the highlights of the gastronomical winter wonderland for you, but be quick to book, since they’re selling out like hotcakes.
Burns Night: Witches and Warlocks
Location TBA 24h before event; Sat Feb 8, 18:30-23:30; tickets: 650kr (incl welcome drink, inclusive 4-course dinner and beverage pairing); www.silverspooncph.com
Scotsman and performer Richard O’Connor brings to life ‘Tam O’ Shanter’, a poem by Robert Burns, while food experience agency Silver.Spoon whips up an undoubtedly delicious traditional Scottish dinner. Join for irreverent entertainment and flowing libations of Scottish water (i.e whiskey) to celebrate the poet known as The Bard north of the English border.
Taste of Emotions –
Nikolaj Kunsthal, Nikolaj Plads 10, Cph K; Sat Feb 8 & 15, 19:30; tickets: 450kr (food and beverage)
Named after the theme of this year’s Copenhagen Cooking festival, the experimental dining event ‘Taste of Emotions’ will quell your hunger for more than ‘just’ food. Renowned culinary artists I’m a Kombo join forces with FOKUS Video Art Festival and the Nikolaj Art Gallery to stun you and all your senses with an intermedial adventure guaranteed to expand your culinary experience.
“An offer you
Antiristorante L’Altro, Torvegade 62, Cph K; Sat Feb 1-Sat Feb 8 and Mon Feb 17-Fri Feb 28, 18:00-23:45; tickets: 450kr (menu and drink), and 450kr for extras; www.laltro.dk
Except for watching the Godfather movies, this is as close as you will get to the Corleone experience while staying in Denmark. Restaurant L’Altro has composed a mafia-style Sicilian food and wine menu based on a close study of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece. Enjoy gangster music and a mafia quiz with prizes to round off the experience with only a lack of bloodshed to compromise the authenticity.
Nordatlantens Brygge, Strandgade 91, Cph K; Sat Feb 1, 19:00; tickets: 400kr; mwww.islendingafelagid.dk
A sneak-peak at the Icelandic version of the midwinter food-festival will allow you to sample, or rather dare your partner to sample, such traditional delicacies as rotten shark, singed sheep’s head and ram’s testicles – if you can stomach it. The spoken language of the festival is Icelandic, and more conventional food will be available to get that taste out of your mouth.
Beer & BROR
Restaurant BROR, Skt Peders Stræde 24A, Cph K; every Wed in Feb, 18:00; tickets: 525kr (incl 4-course menu, beer menu); www.restaurantbror.dk
Attention beer lovers. If you’re going to grow a beer belly, at least indulge in the right kind of food while you’re at it. Beer gurus James Andersen (BROR) and Fredrik Johansen (Mikkeller) will show you how to pair beer and food to bring out the best of both.
Blue Gold Gastro Cruise
Restaurant Søren K, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Cph K; Sat Feb 1, 8 & 15, 13:00-17:30; tickets: 485kr
How many recipes for blue mussels can you think of? Spice up your repertoire and get inspired by six renowned restaurants’ (Søren K, Restaurant Salt, Bojesen i Operaen, Verandah på The Standard, Lumskebugten and Madeleines at Refshaleøen) signature dishes featuring the marine delicacy, while cruising Copenhagen’s canals in a covered boat. Let the mussels come to you.
Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, Cph K; Fri Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28, Sat Feb 8, 15 & 22, 13:00-15:00; tickets: 250kr; www.copenhagen.foodtours.eu
Blackout at Cphfoodtours. Lots of funny and exciting stories and even more liquorice in all shapes and sizes during this two-hour tour.
The delights of
Nimb Terrasse, entrance through Tivoli or Bernstorffsgade 5, Cph K; Wed Feb 5-Sat Feb 8, 18:00; tickets: 300kr; www.nimb.dk
Nimb Terrasse’s chef Thomas Lorentzen invites you to a tasting of all things salted, pickled, dried, bottled and preserved. Think pheasant with onion and mushrooms, and porridge with glazed almonds.
Barley, Brew and
Visit Carlsberg, Gammel Carlsberg Vej 11, Cph; Fri Feb 14, 17:00; tickets: 215kr (incl 5 Jacobsen beers and ‘Burning Desire’); www.visitcarlsberg.dk
Another one for beer enthusiasts. Usually closed to the public, Carlsberg’s master brewer will take you on an exclusive tour of the historic cellars beneath the breweries. The approximately 75-minute tour will be full of intriguing stories, beer biographies and various tastings. Rest your legs and fill your stomachs in the rustic surroundings of Jacobsen Brewhouse & Bar tucking into the gloriously titled ‘Burning Desire’, i.e bacon and mash.
Cookery school for children aged 10-15
Njalsgade 19, Islands Brygge, Cph S; Sat Feb 1, 8 & 22 and Sun Feb 9 lunch, 10:00-14:00; tickets: 350kr, 100kr per adult eating Sun lunch, half price for siblings under 9; www.folketsmadhus.dk
A cookery course over three Saturdays. The first is on fruit and vegetables, the second on bread and cakes, and the third on sweets and all things sweet. The children will take home the food they produced and the recipes. On Sunday the 9th, the children will cook lunch for the whole family.
Sushi course for
children (aged 8-10)
Peder Lykke skolen, Brydes Alle 25, Cph S; Sun Feb 2, Sat Feb 8, 12:00-14:00; tickets: 330kr; www.zoeescher.com
Entry-level sushi cooking workshop. Bring a sushi mat, apron, cutting board, sharp knife and a storage container.
Spisehuset ‘Folkestuen’, Agnetevej 9, Espergærde; most days in Feb, 12:00-16:00; tickets: 65kr; www.helsingormuseer.dk, reservations only for larger groups: 4928 1900
Larger groups can reserve a Fisherman’s platter tasting at the ‘Folkestuen’ eatery in the countryside, which has been offering seafood delicacies since the 1920s. The platter is prepared and served according to the old fishing traditions.
Cap Horn, Nyhavn 21, Cph K; every Sun in Feb, 11:00-13:30; tickets: 129kr (incl brunch & organic juice); www.caphorn.dk
Scrumptious buffet of climate-friendly dishes and organic juice along with jazz by the fireplace.
Fisherman’s Friday bar with oysters and bubbly
Den Vilde Butik, Nørreport Fiskehus, Frederiksborggade 7, Cph K; every Fri in Feb, 16:00-19:00; tickets: 125kr (incl three oysters and a glass); www.fiskehus.dk
Taste the freshest oysters at this Friday bar, but only until 7pm.
Nyhavns Færgekro, Nyhavn 5, Cph K; Sat Feb15, 13:00-16:00; free adm; www.nf.dk
Fourth annual Nordic herring recipe competition. Expect to sample herring, berry and herb aquavits in the indoor market. You can send in your herring recipe to email@example.com before February 1. Finalists will compete on February 15.
Bistro Huks Fluks, Gråbrødretorv 8, Cph K; Sat Feb 8, 15:00-17:30; free for the first 20 who reserve a ticket for the competition, 100kr for a Wine Treasure Map; www.huksfluks.dk
If you’re impressed by the ability to know the origin of a wine and the grape from which it is made in the matter of a sip, come and practise at this educational afternoon dedicated to Dionysus’s favorite drink.