New Nordic Cuisine

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Join us as we explore both traditional food and contemporary innovation, local production and global reach, restaurant culture and home cooking!

The gastronomic traditions and innovations of the Nordic region (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) have captured the attention of the world and inspired chefs and home cooks alike. In 2004 the Nordic Food Manifesto articulated a set of values for approaching food through the lenses of local production, seasonality, tradition, and innovation, among others. The manifesto and reactions to it have sparked a robust dialog about food culture, both in the Nordic countries and around the world.

In 2019 the Museum of Danish America debuted the national traveling exhibition called “New Nordic Cuisine,” which brings the stories of Nordic food culture in the 21st century to museums and communities across the country. This exhibit is for visitors of all ages and invites visitors to consider how their personal values are reflected in the food choices they make in their own lives.

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In addition, an accompanying Nordic Cuisine video channel includes content about Nordic culinary traditions and “New Nordic” inspired food stories, from recipe demonstrations to restaurant tours, to interviews with influential chefs and food writers. New videos are uploaded each month throughout the tour of the exhibit (2023+), keeping the channel fresh and engaging.