4-Evening Taste of Iceland at Coohills

Award-winning Icelandic chef brings authentic menu to Coohills

Iceland is so hot that it’s cool — or vice versa. Icelandair’s Denver-Reykjavik flights are so popular that the carrier will increase flights from four to six times each week. To promote the service and the country, Iceland has established a short-term beach-head in downtown Denver as part of A Taste of Iceland, a four-day cultural festival showcasing the island nation’s food, music and film.

Tom Coohill and Hákon Már Örvarsson.

Yesterday evening, I had a chance to preview the Icelandic menu featured for just four evenings at Coohills 1400 in LoDo. Guest Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson, a private chef, international promoter of Iceland and Bocuse d’Or and World Culinary Cup award winner, collaborated with owner/chef Tom Coohill to give diners a unique experience in the Mile High City.

Örvarsson brought fresh ingredients straight from Iceland to create an authentic Icelandic menu, and other items were sourced locally from a very particular shopping list. The four-course prix fixe menu is  available from this evening through Sunday, September 30. Here’s a sampling:

66° North, named for Iceland‘s latitude, is a signature cocktail created by Coohills mixologist Jayme Henderson. It combines Reyka Vodka, muddled blueberries, Blue Curaçao, rosemary simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, white grape juice and rhubarb bitters, served up and topped with sugared blueberries on a stick.

Cold smoked Icelandic Arctic Char, lemon, grainy mustard, honey, dill oil, Icelandic rye bread crumble and radishes,cucumber and a swoosh of skyr.
Icelandic lamb loin, root vegetables, dried wild Icelandic thyme, blueberries and lamb jus.
“Skyr of the Vikings,” an enticing name for an enticing dessert. Icelandic Skyr mousse, crispy oats, hazelnut crumble, cinnamon rhubarb compote and fresh berries. Skyr is similar to Greek yogurt.

Price check: Four courses are $65; five courses including wine pairings run $95. Coohills regular menu is also available. Make reservations by calling 303-623-5700 or visiting www.coohills.com.

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