October 23, 2014
It has officially been fall for over a month now and the signs are everywhere. Once exposed arms are now covered by sweaters and jackets, pumpkins are popping up everywhere and the leaves have begun to fall. Believe it or not, there are only 8 full weeks left until Christmas!
Many people love this time of year and I have to say that I am one of them. I enjoy the cool, crisp air, the apple picking and pumpkin carving, but mostly I look forward to the feeling of coziness that fall brings. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow long, a warm mug of apple cider, or gløgg, enjoyed with friends and family not only remedies a chill, but warms the soul as well. In Denmark, this is known simply as hygge. Although it may be difficult for anyone other than a Dane to define, let alone say it (it’s pronounced HOO-gah), hygge is a feeling, a mood, a sentiment. Spending time enjoying the company of others in an atmosphere of warmth and comfort is the essence of hygge, and Danes understand it all too well.
Although us Americans may not realize it, we experience hygge quite often as well. Relishing in the company of friends and family, enjoying a wonderful meal together, catching up with one another, playing games and enjoying a sports event can all be hygge.
Another aspect of the fall season that perfectly embodies this notion is the Danish Home’s Fall Fest & Frikadeller dinner. This annual event first began nearly 90 years ago as a Christmas sale and fundraiser, featuring handmade items by residents. It included a buffet made by volunteers, and in later years catered by Nielsen’s Restaraunt. However, attendance dwindled over the years. Finally in 1988, after the Home had employed a Danish chef, the menu was changed to a sit-down frikadeller dinner, the “national” dish of Denmark. Residents and visitors dined on Danish meatballs with boiled potatoes, red cabbage and brown gravy, and a traditional Danish fruit pudding called Roedgroed med floede was then served for dessert. It was a meal any good Danish cook would be proud to serve, and the admiration showed. Being that food is such an important aspect of Danish culture, this event gained in popularity each year.
Friend of The Home, Leif Nielsen, describes why people keep coming back to Danish Home’s Fall Fest & Frikadeller dinner, and why each year new visitors are enticed. He says, “it is nostalgia for new generations of Danish-Americans. It brings back memories of mothers and/or grandmothers cooking the frikadeller and serving them to friends and family. Another reason is that the Home’s talented Chef and his well trained staff use the best frikadeller recipe.”
This year the Fall Fest will be on Sunday, November 2nd and you can enjoy the home cooked frikadeller dinner offered three times throughout the day. In addition, the event features a heated tent, gift booth with handmade items, a bakery shop with homemade goods and a Danish mini-deli perfect for purchasing your delicatessen specialties for the coming holidays. Come and listen to live jazz and blues entertainment provided by Sandi Haynes and the Blue Rocket Boys and watch football on the big screen in the 1st floor living room. Not to mention the prizes and great company you’ll be enjoying as well!
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