Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez
The food scene in SF is paramount. Restaurants and chefs with a global footprint are constantly attracted to the City to turn a new leaf or try out some new recipes in our 7×7 grid of a community. From famous NY food carts to world-acclaimed chefs, the San Francisco food scene caters to everyone — chef or eater. I was so lucky to be invited to a special, media-only dinner hosted by VisitDenmark and Scandinavian Airlines who put organic restaurant, Stedsans on our radar.
Stedsans is a beautiful restaurant set within the greenhouse of Scandinavia’s first rooftop farm, OsterGRO, in Copenhagen. If you’re a guest at their restaurant, which is booked several months in advance, you’ll sit at one long table and share five to six courses with everyone around you.
In keeping with the inspiration of the restaurant’s normal menu, the owners of Stedsans sourced our dinner’s ingredients from local farms and farmer’s markets that day. We were treated to a six-course meal paired with local wines at North Beach pop-up restaurant space, Cookhouse. Chefs and founders Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen were also on hand to talk about the restaurant and the inspiration behind our meal.
“Our menu changes with the season,” Hansen says. “We source natural wines too, because nature is so perfect. Sustainability, our health and gourmet food go hand in hand.”
The meal was absolutely amazing. Vegetarians would have LOVED it and carnivores would have loved the lamb dish. We started our meal with a crudite of raw vegetables, tarragon mayo and seeded crackers, paired with a Pinot Gris. We moved onto roasted butternut squash with goat cheese as well as veggies and hollandaise. While these dishes sound ordinary, they did an amazing job at showing off the freshness and earthiness of each vegetable. Our main course was lamb and two different types of onions and we rounded off our evening with a California gouda and macadamia nuts and Stedsans’ famous Chocolate Cake.
Unfortunately I can’t provide any info on when Stedsans will be back in town or offering a meal to the public, but if you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, make sure to look these guys up. For more information, visit http://www.cleansimplelocal.com.