Ireland gets all the love in March, but Iceland is making a play for the heart of Chicagoans with Taste of Iceland.
This four-day tourism event coincides with the launch of Icelandair’s year-round service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Several venues throughout the city will be hosting culinary, music, film, and literary events highlighting everything the Nordic island country has to offer.
The way to any Chicagoans heart is through their stomach, so Iceland is collaborating with Streeterville’s Cité for a delicious four-course meal. Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon, named Icelandic Chef of the Year in 2007, created a menu with Cité executive chef Oscar Ornelas and chef Martial Noguier for all four days of Taste of Iceland. Enjoy Icelandic Arctic char served with picked cucumber, horseradish sauce, dill, char roe, and “söl;” grilled Icelandic free-range lamb with baked celeriac, dried grapes, roasted hazelnuts, and lamb jus; “Ástarpungar” with skyr lemon ice cream, caramel chocolate mousse, salted caramel, and raspberries; and more.
The fusion will continue March 18 in Taste of Iceland’s Reykjavik Calling concert at Martyrs where Icelandic artists Axel Flóvent, Ceasetone, and Beebee and the Bluebirds will be performing alongside Chicago’s The Claudettes and Dave Herrero and Jimmy Burns. Hear more of Iceland’s music on March 19 at the screening of the rock documentary “Rokk í Reykjavik” at the Logan Theatre. In addition, on March 20 learn about Iceland’s storytelling culture with writer and editor Eliza Reid at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s Drawing Room.
Taste of Iceland takes place March 17–20 at various venues across the city. For tickets, schedule, and more information visit icelandnaturally.com/article/taste-iceland-chicago-2016.