Fika for a Fabulous Fete

Scandinavian food is sweeping the globe, leading the current culinary trends with locally sourced, clean flavors.  As you and your beloved plot your most special day, dazzle your friends and family with the food from a new restaurant serving dishes directly on this cutting edge of this modern cuisine.  Plan your ceremony or reception at the American Swedish Institute.

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On the surface, this might not sound too sexy, but once you see what the ASI has to offer, you’ll know exactly what I mean. It’s beautiful. It’s spacious. It has scenic views and a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, but most importantly, it has the food.  ASI’s Fika (pronounced Fee-ka) is being all but worshiped by local area critics. Surprised by this? They are too. When they first opened the restaurant, they had initially expected to do somewhere in the realm of 60 covers a day, but instead have been turning closer to 350.

With higher than expected demand, their event services took a little bit longer than they’d anticipated to get going. However, after a recent fete for the King and Queen of Sweden, they have proven that they are ready to treat you and your guests like royalty. Each aspect of your event will be planned to reflect you, as a couple.

If you so choose, guests will be greeted with elegant, passed appetizers like potato bread crisps with blue cheese emulsion, orange marmalade and micro chervil, or perhaps some drifting nosh plates with an array of Scandinavian-style cured meats and cheeses. No one knows their way around a cured salmon better than the Swedes.

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For a more casual evening, a long table is stacked with an elegant buffet. Choices include traditionally made Swedish meatballs with mushroom cream sauce paired with whipped mashed potatoes, quick pickles, and lingonberry moustarda.

If buffet style isn’t your thing, Fika can also provide a sit down, coursed-out dinner service. Imagine beautiful plates of cured, smoked, braised, and pressed pork belly seared to order, garnished with lightly wilted spinach, a mushroom conserve, smoked almonds, and adorable little clusters of beach mushrooms dressed with a mustard sauce.

Fika’s dessert offerings include a variety of small, sweet bites. Mini vanilla cakes layered with tart lemon curd are topped with toasted meringue. Chocolate cupcakes are decorated with rich ganache and shimmering gold dust.  Round out the assortment with thumbprint cookies.

Photo by Hubert Bonnet

But enough about the food—let’s talk about the important stuff: booze! Fika has a full liquor license and aren’t afraid to use it. The bar is staff is fully versed on the craft cocktail movement and are able to mix beautiful drinks for you and your guests to sip.

For more information about planning a ceremony ASI, email Gegi Carlson at [email protected], or if you have further questions about the food, email Brie Roland at [email protected].

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