Friday, December 4, 2009

Svenska Sallskapet smorgasbord

On Thursday evening, the "Svenska Sallskapet" (The Swedish Society) enjoyed a Christmas smorgasbord at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. At the men's monthly dinner, I introduced the "Spelmanslag" as the evening entertainment. They played traditional Swedish fiddling music which originates from Rattvik & Leksand in central Sweden.

The menu included:
Assorted hors d'oeuvres with Glogg;
Aquavit herring; Sherry wine herring, Matjes herring served with sour cream, chives and chopped red onion; Sillsallad - Herring and beet salad; Boiled potatoes; Eggs topped with creamed caviar; Cold smoked salmon served with horseradish cream; Kalvsylta - jellied veal; Pickled beets; Julskinka - Swedish Christmas ham; Apple sauce and Swedish mustard; Gherkins; Pickled beets; Pickled cucumbers; Fresh fruit platter; Olives; Cheeses: Vasterbotten, Prastost, Herrgardsost and Blue Cheese; Limpa and hard tack; Red cabbage; Meatballs; Jansson's Temptation; Swedish sausages.
Main course:
Lutfisk served with cream sauce, melted butter and peas.
Rice pudding served with Lingonberries and Ginger Cookies with coffee. Smaklig Maltid!
(The photo with the Carlsberg beer bottle was my 1st course of smorgasbord; the second photo is of the buffet line with Lutfisk, etc.)

Our "Swedish lesson" for the evening was the expression: "Nar en advokat dor, foljer fan honom till graven." Good luck with the translation!


Olivier said...

bon appétit;o) cela semble bon et en plus en musique

Gunn said...

Is this an annual meeting? It looks like nice Christmas food!
God (h) elg!!:-9

B SQUARED said...

I had a friend here that used to be the head of the local Swedish society. Great people and an awful lot of drinking.

Lois said...

The food sounds pretty good! I like the clothes they are wearing in the first picture.

Stefan Jansson said...

Must have been fantastic evening. The Svenska Sällskapet sounds like a fun bunch of people, skål!

You can have fun without an awful lot of drinking, but why take that chance as the Swedish saying goes!

Cezar and Léia said...

It looks a great event, everybody was enjoying the night there and wow so many delicious food!


Louis la Vache said...

Rumor has it that the Taco Bell there in Eagan serves lutfisk burritos.

«Louis» knows that rumor is true because he started it himself.

Andreea said...

I skipped the menu description because I didn't have breakfast yet and I'm not sure I can take reading it at this moment :) Looks like the smorgasbord was a lot of fun.

Rob Siemann said...

Didn't have dinner yet, but I'm quite full just reading the menu. Que approveche, hombre!

Erik Lindberg said...

That was truly a splendid evening last night, wasn't it!

VP said...

I am reading this at the right time of the day and my enthusiasm was rising line after line! Great night, wonderful food! A really nice post, Leif!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh my! The food looks wonderful!

Aimz said...

mmm yum I feel hungry now - looks good!

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

This is great, I'm forwarding it to my husband's Swedish relatives.
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