Some of you might remember the article I did about Tiffany Ng earlier this year. She is this wonderfully inspiring woman, and the founder of Silver.Spoon, that arranges really exiting food events. A Walk into the Forest was a Wine & Grub event during Copenhagen Cooking that ended last week. My friend Tora and I (busy instagramming our snails in the picture above) both used to work for Tiffany and knows about what kind of work that goes into the planning and executing these kinds of events. When I first moved to Copenhagen I started working for Tiffany, and I must admit that after (too) many years in the service industry, her events are the only times I actually enjoyed my job. She makes a lot of fuzz about the atmosphere, pairing the wine and food, presentation and decoration.
After having moved on to other things, I’m really happy that I still get to see her (usually over delicious coffee, beautiful breakfasts or blue cheese burgers and cocktails). Having served at so many of her events, watching her and her business grow, it was a pleasure attending one with Tora, as a guest and see the whole thing from the other side.
We kinda knew what we were getting ourselves into, but being on the other side of things, I really enjoyed the fact that the location and menu are secret up front, because it makes the whole thing into a little more of an adventure. This time it was held at DYRK Nørrebro, which is this roof terrace of a school.
The title of the event was a true representation of the menu. It sure was a walk into the forest, and both the food and wine made a lot of sense being presented into that theme. I’m not a red wine kind of girl, but these wines made me quite exited. We had four courses, three wines and one cider, and the reds were so light and flavourful that I think I must reconsider my lack of interest in red wines as lack of knowledge about them. So much to explore now! I usually get a tiny bit tipsy after just one glass of wine, so imagine what sitting still drinking four glasses did to my mood. Tora and I giggled our way through dinner, and I must admit that I enjoyed every wine we were served. Having the wines introduced actually makes a nice difference!
When I sat down and saw the menu, Tora and I were quite ambivalent towards the first dish. We were serves snails. Yes, snails! In their little houses and everything, as Tora said.
My only other experience with snails was absolutely disgusting, but we decided to go for it. We had snails, onion, mushroom, wood sorrel and moss, and apart from having to pull the snails of our their houses with tooth picks it was super delicious! Beautifully presented and washed down with a deliciously crisp white wine sure made it a pleasure.
Second dish might be my favourite when it comes to appearance. We had quail eggs, bark bread, smoked mayo, terragon and beautiful flowers, served with a light red wine.
Third dish was wood pigeon with pumpkin, potato, onion, currant and bark, served with a slightly heavier red wine. Although it was delicious, I had a slight problem with this dish (ex-vegetarian speaking)! It is just something about pulling the meat of the bones of a tiny little bird that makes it all a bit too real for me. Stupid, I know, but it takes a while to move from being vegetarian to tolerating all kinds of food involving meat. So, I focused on my wine and the gorgeous vegetables.
And dessert, usually my favourite part of any meal, consisted of woodruff mousse, dandelion, berries and mint served with a beautiful cider.
Beautiful dishes, and wonderful wines. I think that Thomas Krøger and Martin Sahlholdt did a really good job along with Tiffany and the rest of the team. I love these kinds of dining experiences because they are so much more than just dinner. It was pouring and we were sitting outside, and being warm and dry eating our dinner accompanied by the sound of heavy rain and laughter really was a great start to my weekend! It’s such a wonderful thing to experience with friends, and the kind of set up this is (with one long table everyone is sitting at) really makes for funny interaction with the other guests.
After dinner ended, Tora and I met up with some of her friends and went for drinks , and yes, I got a tiny bit more than tipsy that evening. But hey, it’s summer, it’s Copenhagen and I’m so damn happy these days! Hope all you Copenhagen people got to experience something during Copenhagen Cooking this year, I’m already looking forward to next time!